FRIDAY 22ND MAY, 2020
THEME: Sharing, Christian Obligation
PASSAGE: Romans 15:23-33
HYMN: MHB 580- Dismiss me not Thy Service, Lord
MEMORY VERSE: Romans 15:15 “For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.”
Fort Jackson, some years ago, marked the anniversary of the first step taken by a guard at the tomb of an unknown soldier. It was a sight, to see the precision and gallantry of the guard as he took 21 steps, paused for 21 seconds and returned 21 more steps to honour those fallen warriors. The guards did this over and over again without flaws.
When I think of that, one word, obligation comes to mind. “These guards understood fundamentals of the word.”
As I ponder on this word, I asked, what if we all live up to this value as a people of faith and conviction? According to verse 27 of our passage, we all have Christian obligation towards others.
First we are obligated to serve each other (verses 25 and 26). Paul journeyed to so many countries just to fulfil his service to mankind. 1 Peter 4:10 also emphasizes the need for us to serve others faithfully with our gifts. We also have the obligation to encourage one another. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 tells us to do so and build others up.
It is our obligation as Christians to encourage others to believe in Christ, get strengthened to enable them overcome and stay faithful in this discouraging world. We are also obligated to help others to carry their burdens (Galatians 6:2). Just as Christ removed greatest burden and lighted the heavy loads in mankind, we must learn to help our brethren who are heavy-laden. Apostle Paul in verse 30 of our reading today solicits prayers of his brethren to enable him embark on his journey successfully. So we need each other’s prayers, support and care as Christians. Not by choice but an obligation as instructed by God.
PRAYERS: Lord God, I need You every moment to inspire me to share with others whatever I have according to Thy will in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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