Read Through Romans – Day 24

 

follow the leader

Remember playing Follow the Leader as a child?  The game works something like this:  The first person in line leads and everyone else is supposed to follow.  If the leader jumps, everyone else jumps.  If the leader twirls around, so does everyone else.  If the leader crawls like a snake, the followers should obey too… whether they want to or not.  The game breaks down when kids stop following the leader.  The leader loses control when the followers no longer imitate their actions.  And chaos results.  Either the game ends or a new leader steps up and attempts to lead the kids in a new series of silliness.

Have you ever experienced Follow the Leader chaos as an adult?  Are you curious about the Bible’s perspective on following earthly leaders?  Read Romans 13 to learn more.

Here are some questions for you to consider:

  • Read Romans 13:1-7.
    • Summarize what these verses instruct us to do.
    • How should we respond to those in authority? (Romans 13:1)
    • Where does authority come from?  (Romans 13:1)
    • How are authorities described in Romans 13:4?
    • Read Hebrews 13:17.  What do you learn about spiritual leaders and our response to spiritual leaders?
    • How can these verses guide your attitude towards leadership?  (Check out Titus 3:1-2 for more insight.)
  • Read Romans 13:8-10.
    • What is our obligation according to Romans 13:8?
    • Why is loving our neighbor as ourselves so important? Review John 13:34-35 (Jesus is speaking in these verses) and Galatians 5:13-14.
    • Think about one way you can love your neighbor as yourself this week… and do it.
  • Read Romans 13:11-14.
    • Day and night/dark and light are contrasted in these verses.
      • What behaviors are associated with the night/dark? (Romans 13:12-14)
      • How do we demonstrate that we belong to the day/light? (Romans 13:12 & 14)
    • Romans 13:14 tells us to clothe ourselves with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.  What would this outfit look like?  (Check out these verses for more insight:  Colossians 3:12, Colossians 3:14-15, and 1 Peter 3:3-4)
      • Compared to the verses above, what kind of outfit are you wearing:  dark deeds like dirty clothes or the presence of Jesus Christ?
      • Ask God to add at least one piece of clothing from these verses (Colossians 3:12, Colossians 3:14-15, and 1 Peter 3:3-4) to your wardrobe this week.  Pray about this each day.

Wearing the wardrobe of Jesus takes time and I’m so thankful we have the Holy Spirit to help us put on the new clothes!  Galatians 5:24-25 gives us some encouragement in our wardrobe makeover:

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.  Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

Newworldson’s song Learning to Be the Light inspires us to keep putting on our new, shining clothes.  Shine brightly today because those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.

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