He slept peacefully as I examined his little hands and petite nose, and I couldn’t help wonder what he would be like when he grew up.
Reference: v.6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: I was fortunate enough to hold my friend’s 1-week old baby the other day. He was so tiny and so delicate. He slept peacefully as I examined his little hands and petite nose, and I couldn’t help wonder what he would be like when he grew up. Would he have his mother’s brilliant writing skills or his father’s sense of humour; would he love sport or be interested in art; would he want to explore the world or be happy enough at home??? This young boy has his whole life before him, and so many options lie at his feet. And yet one thing is sure; he will need air to breathe, food to get sustenance, and love to make him feel valued.
Application: When we look at all the things we could possibly do and be, there is a plethora of options, and yet there are some set stables as well. In Romans 12, the writer talks about each person having different gifts and the importance of exercising whatever gift we may have (vv.6-8). But, the writer also talks about the traits that everyone should have (vv.9-19). No matter what we look like, what talents we have, what career path we take, or what abilities come naturally, there are some attributes that we are all encouraged to show: love sincerely, honor others, be patient, share, pray, bless, do not be proud, do not do evil, do not take revenge, live at peace. These were not a list of options; these were the standards for everyone. It doesn’t matter what your gifts or talents may be, we can all strive to do these important things.
Prayer: Lord, it’s not always easy to love sincerely, be patient, or live at peace. It’s often easier to be proud, do evil or take revenge. But we know that it’s important for You that we live holy lives. May we strive to live more like you, Lord Jesus. Amen.
What aspect from Romans 12:9-19 do you find the most difficult to live out?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.