The Romans Reflection: Be Ready To Help

30th December

When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.”

Romans 12:13

The early church were perfect examples of true hospitality. The book of Acts tells us that ‘all the believers were together and shared everything they had’. There was no ‘this is mine and you can’t have it’ attitude. They knew that everything they had was a gift of God, from God. When we look at what we have with that same attitude, it changes our perception of ‘earthly’ things and our use of them. If we know and understand that what we have is God’s anyway, then we will be quick to share and eager to practice hospitality.

Yet hospitality starts from our hearts. It starts from a willingness to help others in our hearts, then it bears fruit in the actual action. We must not be stingy with what we have, both in material possessions and all that is not (i.e. serving etc..), but freely share what God has given us.

The writer of Romans says these words in the previous verses,

In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. ….. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. ….. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously…… And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”

In other words, if you have a gift of hospitality then serve, give, cook, host, bless, and receive with your whole heart… DO IT GLADLY AND EAGERLY.

The Romans Reflection: Keep On Praying

29th December

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.”

Romans 12:12

Sometimes in our lives we feel like there is no hope to keep on praying for un-answered prayers. Yet the writer of Romans, tells us that that should not be the case. We should persist in prayer, even when we don’t see tangible answers because we have hope that God is listening and is answering. Moreover, we can even rejoice through the waiting because of this hope.

Another lesson we can learn or even be reminded of, is to keep on praying throughout troubles in our lives. We can’t let trials or struggles stop us praying. Prayer turns our attention from our struggles to Jesus; our hope, our help and our refuge.

Friends, keep on praying. Keep on keeping on. Never give up. Rejoice in hope. Rejoice in knowing that Jesus is in control.