Lifting Up the Weak
- Adam Cole // December 22, 2009
We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me." —Romans 15:1-3
By His grace, by His perfect cultivation of our hearts and soul, the Lord has divinely developed us in Him, to become true children of God. We all ‘grow up’ in different ways, some of us more quickly moving from mother’s milk to meat.
Yet not everyone’s growth looks the same, for many stumble as they seek Christ, still walking in their old ways, still holding on to things they used to do.
Paul is very adamant here that the essence of the believer is to strengthen others in their walk.
The justification for this thinking is Christ Himself, who took on insults, who made Himself nothing, so that we could have eternal life. Such a call to humble ourselves is linked to the call to uplift others. We cannot bask in our faith, to feel puffed up because we are strong in the Word, but we must go out and share, struggle alongside others who are trying to grow and glow.
The end result of this is presented to us in verse 4: For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Hope…may we seek to give that to all those we meet by sharing Christ with them, by deepening their faith as much as possible.
Praise: That God has called us to look outside ourselves.
Prayer: That He gives us a spirit to reach others.
Prayer for Today: Dear Lord, we thank You for the gift of life, the eternal gift that You give us, day in and day out. May we always look to uplift and encourage one another. Let us not be complacent in our salvation, but always seek to better the lives and hearts of those around us. Inspire us daily, Lord, for Your mission. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.