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Day 5 – “Just Do It!”

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Romans 12:3-8

3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.


Reflection:

In the TV show “Amazing Race,” teams race around the world competing in the “pit stop” challenges to win $1 million.  Many times, the pit stops force the teams to confront their worst fears.  So when one has to bungee-jump off a bridge or eat bugs, we often hear their partner shouting for them to “just do it!”  In essence, nothing else matters at this critical point - no phobia or dislike should get in the way.  So here in this passage, Paul says to us “just do it!” - don’t let your fears, doubts or personal preferences get in the way of loving others and ministering in the Spirit’s power.  Our hang-ups are not necessarily trivial or unfounded because they actually do hold us back.  However, the greater reality is that God is gracious to us and His Spirit is powerfully at work in the church.  We, as the church, are God’s team.  We have already received the winner’s prize.  Because His love for us is greater than any pit stop or roadblock, we can hear God’s encouragement to “just do it!”

Responding to the Transmitted Message:

What’s holding us back?  In sober judgment, take a moment to humbly acknowledge our fears, hang-ups and excuses before God.  Entrust them into God’s hands.  And as we turn the attention from ourselves to God’s calling for our church, let’s pray for more gifts, increased measures of faith, and greater outpouring of the Spirit’s power on His church.  May nothing hold back His church.

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Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Day 3 – “Turn That Down!”

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Day 2 – “Healthy Living”

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

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Monday, February 21st, 2011

Day 1 – “Mushroom Anyone?”

Monday, February 21st, 2011