How To Be Competitive And Righteous

Outdo one another in showing honor. (Romans 12:10)

Ray Ortlund shares an excellent admonition for every follower of Jesus participating in the community of Christ gathered (otherwise known as the church):

Here is a competition where we can rightly fight for first place in line: in honoring one another. Not just tolerating one another, but honoring one another.

Every church should be a culture of honor. The gospel is all about honor replacing shame. Every Christian will be forever glorious 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 now but as we will be then. Our future glory makes Romans 12:10 an obvious thing to do.

It is also rare. Romans 12:10 might be the most ignored Scripture in our churches today, which are too often cultures of shaming rather than cultures of honoring.

But who wouldn’t want to walk into church this next Sunday morning to a hero’s welcome? And why not? We may not be the greatest Christians in the world. But by God’s grace we didn’t go apostate in a whole week.

That’s worth celebrating.

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