Skip to main content

I failed to take that middle seat! Romans 1:14


June 10, 2011
Romans 1:14 I have a duty to all people—Greeks and those who are not Greeks, the wise and the foolish. (NCV)
Romans 1:14 Everyone I meet—it matters little whether they're mannered or rude, smart or simple—deepens my sense of interdependence and obligation. (The Message)


Sitting in an airplane’s middle seat is like going to the dentist: I prefer not to do it. Flying unnerves me, but sitting next to a talking Tom or chatty Cathy in an airplane takes me over the edge. But it shouldn’t because I am a minister of the word of Jesus Christ. In the Scripture, Paul talks about how he had a sense of obligation to all people to preach the Good News. I have that same mission.

On the outbound flight out, I was assigned an aisle seat and the person in that middle seat had no interest in talking to me. I had no interest in talking to him either. I don’t even recall if we greeted each other. On the return flight, the middle seat was empty. I considered it a favor from God, but it really was an opportunity that I chose not to take. I ignored the passenger and she ignored me.

I'm making no excuses for myself because I enjoy talking about Christ – and I am a communicator by profession. Sure, I’m concerned about my mom’s health, the busy week, the idea of flying, etc., but those are only excuses for the fact that I failed to share God’s love with those around me. I can thank God for his favor and unmerited grace. He knows I’m a work in progress and loves me unconditionally - as any parent loves a child.

I’m writing this to encourage you to not go with your feelings, emotions, etc. Share the love of Christ. Share the hope that Christ gives us. We have a duty to the Lord, we are his workers! See Philippians 2:12. You can only do this when you stay connected to the Lord.

Next time I will take that middle seat.

Popular posts from this blog

America will never be normal

Scriptures for life

Compiled December 2011
These are a few of my favorite Scriptures. I cannot live my life without God and his word. I keep a 3x5 wire bound note diary of verses that pop off the pages of my Bibles. This helps me in case I need to comfort someone with a specific verse. Start your own collection!


Comfort

Psalm 119:76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant.
Job 4:4 Your words have comforted those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
Strength

Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD. You give me strength.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Psalm 118:14 The Lord gives me strength and a song. He has saved me.
Isaiah 40:29 The LORD gives strength to those who are weary.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you.
1 Corinthians 15:58 … don’t let anyone move you off the foundation of your faith.
Psalm 31:24 Be strong, all who wait with hope for the LORD, and let your heart be courag…

Sin on the journey

Before I know it, sin drips from my mouth and floods my mind. Oh the struggle.
Romans 7:22-23 I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin. So you see how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin. Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free. 
My current struggle is in not easily recognizing the extent of my sinfulness. I can easily preach it, but continuous righteous living eludes me.
Ouch. It hurts. I reveal this because I love the Lord with all my heart, mind and soul, but the sinner in me wins. It's the same struggle the A…