Strength is for service, not status

For the last month or so, I’ve been using YouVersion’s 1-Year Bible Reading Plan (or a third of it anyway) as the basis of a daily bible reading.  I’m still working on the daily part…  I like YouVersion because I can journal online as I’m reading.

Today’s reading is Romans 15 and 16.  For kicks, I’ve been reading Romans in The Message.

The first three verses really stuck out to me.

Romans 15:1-3

1 Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. 2 Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” 3 That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it.

Verse 1 really seems like a call-out to me.  Am I using my strength for status, or to serve others?

Are you?


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