Daily Devotional – Tuesday May 8, 2007
Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.
We do not and cannot live alone in this world. Our man-made disciplines of daily life force us to interact with each other. Our greatest joys and our greatest pain come from this interchange. Are there times when you would just like to “get away” and have the world leave you alone? I know that I have these moments quite often when I would like to opt out. However when I look back at those times when I have been most content and most proud of my accomplishments, it was when my contribution to a “community” was recognized.
Today we have Paul’s letter to the Romans where he offers some very practical instruction on how to live in community. This wonderful passage helps us position ourselves in the Community even when we feel rejected by the community. The 10 Commandments provide instruction on how to establish a right relationship with God and our neighbor. However we cannot love our neighbor as ourselves without showing that love. God expects more than good intentions. Paul provides a set of behavior guidelines for everyday living within a community.
Paul cautions us to not think too highly of ourselves in comparison to others. Our Community is made up of many different people each with a unique and equally important gift. These gifts are from the grace of God and are to be used for the benefit of our neighbors. This passage is God’s “to do” list for us. This is how we should behave.
Our basic human nature is not to act in this manner. We must be changed. Jesus is that agent of change as we cannot do it by ourselves. Jesus provides a constant reminder of the power of good over evil. We must not sit in judgment of each other because that is where evil lives. We are all subject only to God’s judgment.
God bless us this day and every day and may God’s to-do list guide us today!
John Dickie, May 8, 2007