Near the end of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans he listed some of the things Christians should keep in mind as they go through their daily life. It’s a roadmap for worthy Christian living. Even though you may already be pointed in the right direction, it’s always a good idea to check the map and reaffirm your route. The devil is active in our world constantly trying to get you to make a wrong turn. The ultimate tool for staying on track is the Word of God. These selected verses will serve as landmarks that will confirm you are on the right road and moving steadily toward your destination.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2 (NIV)
As you travel with Jesus, keep in mind He is the brains of the operation. Followers of Jesus are described as the body of Christ. Just as the human body needs hands, feet, arms, and legs all working together – so the body of Christ, His followers, need to be working together with Jesus acting as the head guiding our travel.
“So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:5 (NIV)
All followers of Jesus have been given specific gifts. We are not all the same. We all need to be different so as to facilitate the complex nature of God’s plan. The Apostle Paul reminds us to find our gift and focus our efforts on using that gift to the glory of God.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:6-8 (NIV)
Love is the primary source of power as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Love destroys evil and never does anything that is not good.
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” Romans 12:9 (NIV)
Our love for one another is that which holds us together. Together our power is multiplied. By letting go of our selfish desires and looking for opportunities to help others, we perfect our walk with Jesus.
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10 (NIV)
Serving God by serving others is the tool we use to energize our connection with God. Serving others generates a reservoir of spiritual power that will keep us on the road to our final destination.
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” Romans 12:11 (NIV)
When we completely trust the Lord, there is no room for anything but joy. No matter what we are going through we know that God will walk with us to the other side. By staying connected to God through prayer we have a constant guide leading the way. The Holy Spirit becomes our navigation system.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12 (NIV)
Finally, as we travel we need to be on the lookout for those who might need a ride. We always need to be ready to make room for others and take on passengers that are stranded.
“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:13 (NIV)
These are some simple mile markers that help identify our progress. By following this carefully designed route we are sure to find our way and be guaranteed a safe and rewarding trip.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NIV)
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