Day 7 – Cardio Training

Romans 12:9-16 (MSG)
9 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. 10 Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle. 11 Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, 12 cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. 13 Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality. 14 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. 15 Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. 16 Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.

Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

Christianity is all about involvement, demonstrated by a little thing called the incarnation. Talk about involvement. As recipients of the gifts and blessings of His incarnation (forgiveness of sin, eternal life, throne room access) we are to be involved as well. We cannot just sit by on the sidelines and watch as the enemy deceives people and keeps them from coming to know Jesus and thereby experiencing real life, now and forever.

Paul encourages us to consider how can we spur one another on towards love and good deeds. We are to be spending time thinking about how to impact others towards loving God and loving others as themselves. Paul gives us a starting point for considering in Romans 12.

1. Don’t be phony

Romans 12:9-10 (NIV)
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

We will not impact the world by being phony. The culture is not so much put off of the church by the fact that we mess up, it is put off by us pretending that we have it all together. We have to live this life out in Jesus doing our best to do the next right thing, but being honest with our struggles and our hope in the Lord.

The phoniness, or hypocrisy of the Pharisees, the established religious community of the day was something that Jesus took very seriously. He accused them of being white washed tombs full of dead men’s bones.

Matthew 23:27 (NIV)
27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean.

Jesus still takes this issue seriously today. When the church, the established religious community of the day, becomes judgmental and critical, we lose our voice. We have been muted and secularized by our culture. The only way to get the mute button turned off is to love well. To do that you will need to

2. Keep your disciple’s heart primed

Romans 12:11-12 (NIV)
11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Start every day by priming the pump of your disciple heart so that you can live the life you have been created for. Thankful, encouraging and doing the next right thing so that we can bring the lost children home to dad.

3. Remember that it is not all about me

Romans 12:13-15 (NIV)
13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

We have to get the focus off of us. Our naturally tendency is to view life from within our own very limited of perspective about how everything impacts us. Life is not found there. We need to get our perspective from the throne room of God. It is not all about me!

4. Be humble

Romans 12:16 (NIV)
16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Our pride is a major stumbling block into becoming involved and engaged in the world around us. How many times has our pride cause us to respond in the complete opposite way we should have responded?

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