The Romans 12 Challenge Returns with Joy!

Our family is taking the Romans 12 Challenge for the next two and a half months!!!

What is the Romans 12 Challenge?

The Romans 12 Challenge invites us to read the 21 verses of Romans 12 daily for a period of time with the goal of seeing God at work in our lives in transformational, heart-blessing, heart-expanding, heart-knowing ways.

In the past, our family read Romans 12 once a day for 30 days. We have each experienced Christ do something unique and special in us, about us, with us, and through us during that life-changing month.

For our family, reading Romans 12 is a big deal. A BIG DEAL!!! A VERY BIG DEAL!!!!

In fact, I began sharing the Romans 12 Challenge with others over 20 years ago. Through the years, I have witnessed the Lord do amazing things in the lives of those who took the Romans 12 Challenge as well.

I believe that if you choose to read Romans 12 once a day for 30 days (or more), you will see and experience Jesus Christ at work in your life in a powerfully life-changing way.

How?

Just wait and see!

Just wait and look!

Just wait and wonder!

The Lord promises that when we seek Him with all of our hearts, we will find Him.

Because our family is currently living a life in limbo as we wait for the greenlight to return home to South Africa, there is no time like the present to seek our God for his will and purpose in our lives.  Our family desires to live out the exhortation and promises of God’s word in Romans 12 each day.

What amount of time are we imagining for our reading and reflecting? John and I have identified the remainder of  March, all of April and all of May for our Romans 12 Challenge.

The past few weeks have been quite surreal for our family due to the coronavirus situation where one day truly has enough fluid, life-implicating dynamics for a month or more! As I shared, we have delayed our return to South Africa. Since that time, the coronavirus situation has worsened there, we can not return now even if we wanted to due to travel restrictions.

In the meantime, we will look for ways to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ.

We will seek out ways to love and care for others.

We will read Romans 12 and apply its truths to our lives.

If you would like to join our family, jump in!

Here is Romans 12 from The Message as a start:

12 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

3 I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.

4-6 In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.

6-8 If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.

9-10 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

11-13 Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.

14-16 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.

17-19 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”

20-21 Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.

What verse resonated with you today?

Would you like to join us???

You are most welcome!!!

2 thoughts on “The Romans 12 Challenge Returns with Joy!

  1. Shirley Hethorn March 18, 2020 — 12:59 pm

    I have done the Romans 2 Challenge, in fact going on into 13, and 14 praying for our family attitude and needs. I just took it up again at the beginning of the week with all the social challenges around us at the moment.It is amazing how often the Holy Spirit coordinates my thinking with yours. The Lord is in control!!

    1. That’s so cool, Shirley! Let’s pray this Romans 12 Challenge into life and see all that the Lord has for us all during this significant hour. Love you! ❤

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