Friday, September 8, 2023

Servant Attitude

Friday, September 8, 2023

Servant Attitude – Romans 15: 1-7 (NIRV) Submitted by Kay Crumley

We who have strong faith should help the weak with their problems. We should not please only ourselves. 2 Each of us should please our neighbors. Let us do what is good for them in order to build them up. 3 Even Christ did not please himself. It is written, “The bad things people have said about you have been aimed at me also.” (Psalm 69:9) 4 Everything written in the past was written to teach us. The Scriptures give us strength to go on. They encourage us and give us hope. 5 Our God is a God who strengthens and encourages you. May he give you the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had. 6 Then you can give glory to God with one mind and voice. He is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Christ has accepted you. So accept one another in order to bring praise to God.


We all have people in our lives, maybe in our families, who are just hard to be aroundYet we need to interact with themThis passage teaches us that we have a responsibility to endure that time with them for a purposeThat purpose as stated in vs 3 is to build them upWe are to encourage them to become the person God intends them to beFor all of us that means maturing, growing into His imageNone of us have reached that goal but must push toward it to bring glory to GodThen we see in vs 6 that we are to have one mind and voice that is giving glory to GodThe question is how we can apply those concepts in our daily lives. 

Endurancethe power to endure a difficult situation without giving wayWe are called to stay the course with that less mature believerThere may be differences of opinion or levels of understanding that cause disagreementsAs mature believers we are to teach them the truth and not allow insignificant issues cause us to give up on themJesus has been patient with each of us as we grow in understandingIt is our responsibility to have that same patience with the immature ChristianVs 2 tells us to put them first rather than our own selvesFind their level of understanding and build them up, help them to grow by using the Word to increase their faithIf Christ didn’t live to please Himself, how can we NOT follow His example of servanthoodPs 69:9 is quoted here and can be interpreted that Jesus takes the insults of His children on HimselfWhen we are attacked by worldly people because of our faith in God, those insults are aimed at Him and Jesus takes them for us because they hated Him first (John 15:18)Our hope comes from knowing the scripturesHis Word is the source of our strength.   

Encouragement the action of giving someone support, confidence, or hopeOur hope comes from scripture where we find strength and encouragement. It stands to reason that if that is our source of encouragement, we can share that with our fellow believers by turning them to the WordWhatever point of disagreement we may have can be resolved by finding the answers in scriptureWe will not agree on every point, but we can agree on His truthVs 5 tells us to have the same attitude that our Savior Jesus Christ hadMark 10:45 tells us that Jesus came not to be served but to serve and to give His life for othersHaving that attitude toward others allows us to bring glory to God our Father in unity, vs 6. To be unified around our common Savior and a common Biblical agenda is the goal. 

Pray for God given Unity with one another – Accept others as Christ accepts us. There is nothing easy about settling differencesIt is difficult to put others firstHowever, that is what we are called to do, encourage others with endurance to grow in faith and give glory to GodIt’s not about me. Our culture teaches that we are to look out for self and reach for the most power, wealth, and prestigeSociety would lead us to believe that we should seek those things regardless of who might get in the wayHowever, that in not the teaching of ChristAs mature believers we are to look to His exampleLove God first, show His love to others, even those who are different or difficult, and give glory and praise to God for any good we are grantedAll Glory belongs to GodOnly then can our choir have all the voices from each different singer harmonizing beautifully because we are united in one purpose, to honor Him alone. We glorify God by having one mind and one speech, unity in our thinking and in our talking. 

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