As a bi-vocational pastor, I also work a job repairing printers, copiers, plotters, etc. during the week. There are so many brands and models our there that it would be almost impossible for me to memorize the manuals to them all. There are fault codes, part numbers, installation and removal procedures, troubleshooting tasks that are all part of a repair. Sometimes it is as easy as looking at something or hearing it operate (or try to operate), that can give me an idea of what the problem may be. Sometimes……I have no idea! That’s when I take advantage of having a set of instructions or a manual to look at. When that is available to me, I have confidence that a repair can take place. Now sometimes it may take a couple of steps or a couple of tries to get it fixed, but it will get there. Access to knowing what to do in a situation can make it so much better, not always easy, but better. In some fixes, it takes me more time to get out of my car and get to the printer, than it does to fix the device. In others though, it may take hours. Some require calibration after repairs and some tedious care. But the joy of it is to step back after it is fixed and know that it is running like it is supposed to. Which brings us to our next Trial:
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. (GIVE)
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. (BLESS)
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. (SHARE)
Live in harmony with one another. (LIVE)
Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. (CONNECT)
Never be wise in your own sight. (BE MODEST)
Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. (THINK)
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” (LIVE)
To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” (CARE)
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (LIVE FOR HIM)
Straight and to the point! Not going to spend much time on this because it is very self-explanatory. Do you sense a theme here in Romans 12? An outline maybe? Troubleshooting guide perhaps? This chapter of this book lays out the very foundation we should have as a Christian. In a world full of me…me…me, what can I do for me, how can I look out for me, what’s in my best interest, we find that walking in a contrasting light is truly where we find peace, love and joy. That even though life, friends, family, jobs, school, basic interaction may not be an easy in some situations, we have a guide to follow. When our walk seems rough at times, we can look to Him and His Word to lead us. And when we follow it close and long enough, it will become first nature. Then we will find ourselves honoring God by honoring others, and that it is a lifestyle that will birth life all around you. God Bless You!
Again, I challenge you to read these verses daily or weekly, memorize them and let them speak to you. Let’s see what can happen in our lives, all of us!
Thanks, Pastor Zack