Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophecy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 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.
Have you ever been in an empty elevator, the door is shutting, and then a hand slips through the opening? You think you are in the clear and then ten other people squeeze in with you. There are so many different smells of perfume, hairspray, and everyone's belongings make it feel like there are actually twenty people in the elevator with you. What you thought was going to be a peaceful ride to your needed floor turns into a can of sardines within seconds. In my personal experience, the blame goes to the one who caught the door. For the next three floors, I find myself shooting laser beams out of my eyes at said person.
Has this ever happened to you? It is a safe space to admit if it has. But then, I have another question for you… Have you ever been the person that caught the door? This person tends to feel frantically in a hurry, or like a superhero who just saved the elevator so all the other people can climb in. I have been this person as well. I have felt the laser beams from a person who thought this was going to be a solo ride up to their floor. I have felt the stress of trying to catch an elevator when you are running so late, and I have received the thanks as you allow an opportunity for others to climb on board, but I have to admit that one is the least frequent. I am either angry I am not alone, or in a stressful hurry.
But what does this have to do with Romans 12? Romans 12 reminds us that this world is not about us and us alone. As Pastor David has said before, “There is no such thing as my faith, but our faith.” In this world, we are called to make room for others. For many of us, I think it is safe to say this is not always our natural response. We love the quiet moments when we can get them, but for others, this is where we thrive. This week we are going to look at six specific groups that we are called to make room for in our lives. Today, we are encouraged to find moments to make room for others in our lives. We are called to live into the truth of Romans 12 that we cannot do this world alone.
I encourage you to process through the following questions as you begin your day and strive to make room for others as God calls us to do so.
- What others do I enjoy spending time with and why?
- What others do I not enjoy spending time with and why?
- How can I make room for both of these groups in my life for the glory of the Lord?
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,
exalted for you, or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.
-Wesley Covenant Prayer
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