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Romans 15

“We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, ‘The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.’” Romans 15:1-3

This world has unfortunately become an extremely self-centric place. We live in a society that is infatuated with selfies and personal gratification. Social media sites reveal the enormous depth of this problem.

At an early age our culture teaches children to strive to be the very best. In-turn so many walk away with a sense of entitlement, feeling they deserve to receive the very best. In doing so, our culture encourages young people to do whatever they have to in order to get what they want, even they have to push people aside or step on them to obtain success.

This philosophy is so contrary to what the Bible teaches. In this portion of Romans, we read that we’re “not to please ourselves” that “each of us” should “please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” Jesus set this example by humbling himself and becoming a man. One of Jesus’ greatest examples of humility was when he washed the feet of his disciples. Another occured when Jesus gave up His life. “He would humble himself to death, even the death of the cross.”

You see, Christ was about others and giving. The world, unfortunately, is about self and taking. Jesus is about humbling himself — this world is about lifting themselves up. Jesus came to serve and redeem the world back from its lost path.

CHALLENGE

Have you committed yourself to being a follower of Jesus? Then God has called you love Him with all your heart and to serve your loved ones as well as your community. The reason for this is so that they can see Jesus in all that you do. Never forget who you are as a Christian; one who follows the ways of Christ. May God give you the humility to serve others and bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit so that they too “can see Jesus!”

RPF