Wednesday, September 24, 2008
"Outdo one another in showing honor." Romans 12:10
Here is a competition in which everyone wins, here is where we can fight for first place in line: in honoring one another. Not just accepting one another, not just forgiving one another, not just tolerating one another, but honoring one another.
Every church can be a culture of honor. Why? Because of the doctrine of glorification. It's the punch-line of the gospel: "Them he glorified" (Romans 8:30). Every Christian you know will be forever glorious inside and out with the glory of the risen Jesus: "To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Thessalonians 2:14). Let's see one another not as we are but as we will be. That gospel-perception makes Romans 12:10 an obvious thing to do. Romans 12:10 might be the most disobeyed Scripture in our churches today, but it really is the wardrobe into Narnia.
Who wouldn't want to walk into church this next Sunday morning to a hero's welcome?