Today’s Reading | Romans 15:14-33
What are you Known For?
If a friend of yours was asked to list three characteristics that you’re known for, which ones would he choose? Hopefully, the traits would be the three that Paul used in today’s reading to describe the Romans. First, he said that they were full of goodness. They were morally right and were known for their virtue. Would people describe you in this way? Second, they were complete in knowledge. That did not mean that they had arrived and knew everything about the Bible, but that they were doctrinally sound. They must have spent time in the Word and paid attention to solid Bible teaching. Would people say you are complete in knowledge? Third, they were competent to instruct. The word used here for instruct is most often translated admonish. It is not teaching or leading a Bible study, but giving counsel, encouragement, warning, or a rebuke to people as you have opportunity. Are you competent to instruct others? Is your lifestyle and level of Biblical knowledge such that you could encourage or counsel others? What would it take for you to become someone who is known by these characteristics? What will it take to become like the Romans?
What would you need to change to become one konwn for being full of goodness?
What would it take for you to be known for being complete in knowledge?
What would it take for you to be competent to instruct?
In light of this passage, what personal commitment can you make?