August 12 | Bible in a Year: Psalms 84-86; Romans 12
Living on Purpose
Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
READ ROMANS 12:9–21
“We’re going on vacation!” my wife enthusiastically told our three-year-old grandson Austin as we pulled out of the driveway on the first leg of our trip. Little Austin looked at her thoughtfully and responded, “I’m not going on vacation. I’m going on a mission!”
We’re not sure where our grandson picked up the concept of going “on a mission,” but his comment gave me something to ponder as we drove to the airport: As I leave on this vacation and take a break for a few days, am I keeping in mind that I’m still “on a mission” to live each moment with and for God? Am I remembering to serve Him in everything I do?
The apostle Paul encouraged the believers living in Rome, the capital city of the Roman Empire, to “never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11). His point was that our life in Jesus is meant to be lived intentionally and with enthusiasm. Even the most mundane moments gain new meaning as we look expectantly to God and live for His purposes.
As we settled into our seats on the plane, I prayed, “Lord, I’m yours. Whatever you have for me to do on this trip, please help me not to miss it.”
Every day is a mission of eternal significance with Him!
By James Banks
REFLECT & PRAY
Please give me grace to live for You, Jesus, so that I may one day hear You say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:23).
Have you ever been on a mission? How can you make life all about God?
Romans 12:9-21 is referred to as a hortatory section, meaning “to exhort” or to strongly encourage an action. This passage contains encouragement to act in specific ways and contains a variety of seemingly random instructions consisting of internal attitudes and external activities. Internal attitudes sometimes require external expression; however, external actions must have an external expression.
Internal attitudes include hating evil, being joyful in hope and patient in affliction, and not being proud. External actions express themselves in being devoted in love, honoring others, having spiritual fervor (serving), and being faithful in prayer, sharing, and hospitality. We’re exhorted to bless the persecutor, live at peace, and not take revenge on our enemies. J.R. Hudberg