Romans 2:8 Trouble For Selfishness

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But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. Romans 2:8

Throughout this world people are always told that they can have what they want if they work for it. They are told that they can be the best at whatever they do. People are to dream and go for their dreams.

In some countries it is expected that a person will have their own house, car and have a large bank account. If they don’t have those things, they have failed in life.

People get offended very quickly when they do not get what they want. The things that they want can be physical, but it can also be non-physical things. Non-physical things are praise, recognition, position, power, authority, and more.

It is often said that life is all about self, what can self get, or be. They are to look out for ‘old number one’. People will step on others and cut them down in order to look good or to build themselves up. It is all about self.

Paul says that God looks at that as being wrong. People who are self-seeking, all about self, will have trouble in the future. God is holding out for wrath and anger for those who are self-seeking.

Being self-seeking goes against God. God was not self-seeking when He sent Jesus to die on the cross. Jesus was sent for people who had rejected God. Jesus died on the cross so that people could have eternal life.

When a person is self-seeking, he is rejecting the truth of God. God wants all people to be filled with His love, which is not self-seeking, but seeking the good of others.

At times, some believers, get to be selfish. They are offended at the actions of others. They refuse to spread the gospel message and keep it to themselves.

Take a look at your own life and ask yourself if you are being selfish. Do you fight for your own way? Or are you looking out for others?

Do not store up God’s wrath against you, because you have chosen to be selfish and all about self. Seek to build others up and put them before yourself in this life. Put God first, others second, and yourself last. As you do that you honor what God has done for you in Jesus.

I pray today that God will show you what He has done for you; that God will show you ways to build others up; that you will serve God and others above yourself; and that you will not be selfish and against God.

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Romans 1:14 An Obligation To Everyone

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I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. Romans 1:14

Paul talks about he is striving come and see the Romans. He wants to bring the gospel message to them in person. He then tells them that he has an obligation to everyone.

In this world people do not like to have an obligation to someone else. An obligation is a requirement of a person to do something to, for, or with someone else. Each person wants to be his own person and free to do what he wants, when he wants on his own, thus does not like having an obligation.

Obligations are often seen in contracts. People do not want to be tied to a binding contract with another person. They want their freedom. They want a contract with no requirements or obligations for in the future.

When a person is obligated to another person, he may feel tied to him. People do not want to be tied down and required to do something.

Believers often have the same feelings. There are times that they are obligated to do something in or outside the church and they don’t want to do it.

One area that every believer has an obligation in is to tell others about Jesus. Jesus gave that command to every person who follows Him. Paul had shown this by his statement. Every person on this earth is either a Greek or a non-Greek, wise or foolish. Paul felt the responsibility to every person.

Believers have the responsibility to tell others about Jesus. This responsibility is their obligation to every person. Some of those people will be wise and listen. Others will be foolish and reject listening. Yet, the obligation to tell them about Jesus remains the same.

You have the same obligation as Paul did. Every person you meet is either a Greek or a non-Greek, a wise or foolish person. You have a duty to tell that person about Jesus. Give every person you meet a chance to accept or reject Jesus. Do not make the decision for them.

You also have the obligation to follow the commands of Jesus–go and tell the gospel to all of the world. You may not have to travel around the world, but you can travel around your community. Fulfill your obligation.

I pray today that you will find people to tell about Jesus; that you will tell everyone you can about Jesus; that you will fulfill your obligation to others and God; and that many will believe in Jesus through your message.

Romans 1:8 What Is Being Reported?

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First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. Romans 1:8

Right after Paul opens his letter to the Romans, he says that he thanks God for them. Wherever he is going, he is hearing good reports about the church in Rome. They were being reported as being full of faith in God.

People love to talk about other people. No matter who a person is, there is usually someone who will talk about that person. The thing that people talk about is what makes the person different or what that person is doing that is out of the ordinary.

At times there is big news about a person who helps the poor out or gives out millions of dollars to a charity. While this does happen, it is not a common piece of news to hear about.

What is more common is hearing about what a person is doing wrong. When a celebrity gets in trouble or does something wrong, it is big news. When a politician makes an unwelcome decision, it is big news. When a co-worker or neighbor is in trouble, it is big news.

While it may not make headline news, each person is talked about by someone else a lot. People in the church will talk about others in the church–how a person is living for God or not living for God.

The real question comes down to what are people saying about an individual. Are they talking more about something good or something negative?

The best thing that people can talk about, when talking about a believer, is how much faith he has in God. This shows the world how much a person is really believing in God. It puts reality to his words, if he is living a life of faith in God. It is different and people will talk.

When other people see you, what do they see? Whatever they see is what they will talk about. They will report what they are seeing in your life and actions. Your words and actions must match up.

A person who has faith in God will stand out as very different in this world, even inside the church, thus people will talk and spread the report.

Can people report that they see you have faith in God?

Or are you just like everyone else?

I pray today that you will have faith in God; that you will live a life of faith in God; that the world will report of your faith in God; and that many will know of Jesus because of you.