Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12 NIV has been a verse which has often come to mind as a daily to do reminder. This morning, I decided to look it up in another translation, and was shocked at how much it spoke to me…the first day back to work, still struggling with a off kilter inner clock after a three hour time difference coming home.
“Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame.”
God, fill me up to overflowing wih the fire of Your Spirit, and fan my love for You anew into flame each and every time I am in Your Presence.
“Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant.”
Spirit, help me to live with expectation that You are on the move and inviting me to join You there! Cheerfully expecting to see You throughout my day, however You choose to reveal Yourself.
“Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.”
Jesus, You modelled prayer through all circumstances. Even leading up to and on the cross. Because You knew that we would need to see God would go to the depths of the earth for us, as You did as You defeated death. You even intercede on our behalf and add Your prayers to ours!
And then verse 13, which caught my eye today, made crystal clear why I was to share about these verses today.
“Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.”
When you don’t know what to do, look to His Word.
When your family member, friend or coworker, or the person sitting beside you on the bus or train seems rudderless, point them to the Anchor waiting to guide them. Offer them living Words.
But more than that, be the Word.
Demonstrate you are hosting His Presence. Smile. Listen. Offer comfort. Pray for them. Right where they are at.
Because that’s what Jesus did, and what we too are called to do.
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