Tuesday 15 October, 2013
15 We who have strong faith should help the weak with their problems. We should not please only ourselves. 2 We should all please our neighbors. Let us do what is good for them. Let us build them up. 3 Even Christ did not please himself. It is written, “Those who make fun of you have made fun of me also.” 4 Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. The Scriptures give us strength to go on. They cheer us up and give us hope. 5 Our God is a God who strengthens you and cheers you up. May he help you agree with each other as you follow Christ Jesus. 6 Then you can give glory to God with one heart and voice. He is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
What is my contribution to the unity of my church in worship? Paul, in this passage, encourages us to not live for ourselves but “do what’s right to build others up in The Lord” v2. And the end result is this beautiful, glorious thing – everyone unified in worshipping God.
Maybe it’s a hug, or a word of encouragement. Maybe it’s saying sorry and seeking forgiveness. Maybe it’s talking to someone new at church instead of only my close friends. Maybe it doesn’t matter what it is so long as it helps someone else go from a place of non-worship to a place of worship. How great would it be if every time I worship my God I manage to get others to join me.
Lord, help me see worshipping You as a “we” thing and not just a “me” thing. Amen
Written by Boudy Van Noppen
thanks boudy. I love how caring for others is a cooperate activity, it’s like a team sport, everyone getting in there & helping out. Paul uses lots of “us” & “all” words to model for us how it works.
Most people have experienced a range of circumstances in their church life. Sometimes we live at the core and are known by many people and sometimes we are on the edge and are known by only a few.
The experiences are very different but one rule I have always found works well in any situation and that is one you have mentioned.
Always plan to speak to at least one person you don’t know!