Hi friends! I hope this finds everyone doing well. I pray that everyone had a BLESSED Thanksgiving and is getting ready to begin Christmas festivities! It is so hard to believe that November is drawing to a close. I have spent the last two weeks wrapping up my Romans study and am SO excited to begin the newest Advent study from the Daily Grace Co: Immanuel: God with us from Eden to Eternity. Just flipping through the pages of the book has me so excited! It is beautiful ❤
The last two weeks of Romans focused on Chapters 14-16 and talked a lot about unity within the Body of Christ and why it is so important for us to live in harmony with one another. I think a common misconception with unity is that we all have to agree all the time and if we don’t then we are destroying our witness. The picture that Paul paints for us in these chapters is this: we are not all going to agree with each other all the time. We are not all going to be strong at the same time. We are not all gifted in the same ways nor do we serve in the same ways. And you know what? THAT’S OK!! That is why we are called the BODY. Each one of us has a unique role to play in order to point people to Jesus. However, despite all of this, our goal should be the same: point people to the gospel. Show them the love of Christ through the way we treat each other, pray for each other and serve each other. Point them to the gospel even when we disagree with each other. Show the world what Christ-like love and sacrifice means even when things do not go the way that we think they should. My favorite quote from Week 7 was this, “…everything is for Him. And who He is should flow into not only everything that we do, but also every relationship that we have in the body of the church…We are called to be people that love each other and people that love God above all.” (pg. 147)
Love should be the defining characteristic of our life. Everything that we do should be because we love each other and out of an overflow of our love for Christ. And many times, that means we have to surrender. Surrender our own ambitions. Surrender our will for the Father’s. Surrender our desire to make our own name great and seek to make His great. And the reason for it all? To the glory of God. The study wrapped up with this: The people of God should praise God because of the person of God and the Gospel of God.
One mind. The mind of Christ.
One heart. A heart that loves like Jesus.
One mission. Point the world to the gospel.
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