ID-100240420Romans 15:1 “Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”

Status: the position or rank of someone or something when compared to others in a society, organization, group, etc.

At the top of the bar on Facebook is a box that asks what is your status? It’s at the forefront of every person’s mind whether they are on FB or not, “Where do I stand today or where do I rank?” Many people post to keep their ranking of relevance up. I even believe that the pastors who endorsed Donald Trump were trying to boost their status at the expense of the people they are supposed to serve. To be Kingdom minded is to use your strength or influence to boost the status of others not your own.

The Apostle Paul’s has this to say about “Status”:

1. Those of us who are strong should help those who are weak. We should use our influence on behalf of the people who have no voice. If you are given the opportunity to say or do something make sure it benefits others not just yourself. Whether you are a rapper, entertainer, athlete, politician, or pastor; if you’ve been given a platform use it to help others not just a way of making a convenient life for yourself. To whom much is given much is required.
2. Strength is for service not status. Jesus said, “Even the Son of God did not come to be served but to serve.” We are to be servant leaders not leaders looking to be served. Our status is determined by how well we serve others.
3. Each of us should look at the people around us and ask, “How can I help?” Can you imagine how our communities would look if everybody on Facebook checked their status by typing in “How can I help someone today?” What if we all logged off and went into the community and asked our neighbors, “how can I help today?” What if we went to churches, schools, prisons, community centers, homeless shelters, and street corners asking, “How can I help?” Now that is a Status to talk about!

Dear God,

Thank you for giving me opportunities to serve other people. The strength and the influence you’ve given me I’ve tried my best to speak for those who have no voice. I’ve tried to make my community better than I found it. Strengthen me that I might help others get stronger. Send me resources so I can help those who have nothing. Thank you for giving strength to serve to help others with their status.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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