September 26, 2020

Outdo Each Other

Posted By Jessica Taylor

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In Romans 12:2, Paul wrote that we should “not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds.” In the last half of Chapter 12, he provided a long list of ways we are to live out God’s will: Outdo each other in showing honor, extend hospitality to strangers, don’t lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord, rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer, contribute to the needs of the saints, live in harmony, rejoice with those who rejoice, don’t be proud or conceited, don’t take revenge, and live at peace with everyone.

But who among us can measure up to those ideals consistently? John Calvin was once asked how a person could possibly live this way. His response was that most of us move toward goodness at “a feeble rate.”

As you read Romans 12 and think about your life, you might be tempted by discouragement, thinking you’re not making the progress you should. But Calvin was optimistic. He wrote, “Let us not despair at the slightness of our success; for even though attainment may not correspond to desire, when today outstrips yesterday the effort is not lost.”1

So tonight, as you put your head on your pillow, look back on your day. And even if you’ve made just a little progress, rejoice and be glad. Don’t give up. Keep your eye on the mark, and God will continue the work He’s begun in you until it is complete on the day Christ returns!


Pit Stop Prayer

Father, I’m holding on to Your promise that You will complete the work You’ve begun in me.