“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” ~Rom. 12:10~
Throughout the New Testament we read about disciples. To be a disciple means to be a follower of Christ, a learner or apprentice, and a devoted believer.
Scripture suggests that a disciple must not only accept by faith the promises of Christ but must also be willing to apply the truth he knows. There must be a resulting action from the commitment or conversion experience. As Jesus tells us, “By their fruit you will recognize them.” Matt. 7:16a. There must be a by-product to a Spirit-filled life. “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” John 9:4
The Apostle Paul wrote the Book of Romans prior to his visit to Rome. He begins Romans by surveying the spiritual condition of all mankind, especially as he understood it to be in Rome. If you look at Rome, it was much like America is today. The first eleven chapters in this book explain that sin is a problem we all share, salvation through Christ is the only answer, the Holy Spirit can help sanctify a person, and we serve a grace-filled God who wishes none to perish.
In Romans 12, though, Paul gives us a pretty clear picture of what a disciple of Christ, or Christian, actually looks like:
- Vs. 1 He is surrendered to God.
- Vs. 2 He is not to be of this world, but rather be transformed.
- Vs. 3 He has an accurate picture of himself: “God made me for His glory!”
- Vs. 9 He has loving relationships with others and understands how to treat others.
- Vs. 13 He practices serving God by serving others—allowing God’s love to pass through him.
We cannot walk with God and stand still at the same time. God is on a mission and He asks us to join Him. When we spend time with God, we become more like Him. It’s that simple. Let’s all work on being a Romans 12 disciple.
Now Go Out and Have an EPIC Day Today!!!!