19 if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth—

Romans 2: 19-20

Do you ever look around and feel a tremendous amount of sadness when you look at crowds of people and see how many people look so sad or purposeless? Sometimes I look around and I just want to quit. Maybe the world is just too dark.

But wait a second–just because people are living in the dark doesn’t mean that we have to! Even though they can’t see the light, we can lead them toward it! Today’s injunction from Paul is warning potential hypocrites to make sure they practice what they preach, but honestly, his list is a good set of imperatives for any Christian. If your faith is exclusively a personal faith, then might I suggest that it’s not a faith in line with the Bible? Christianity was never meant to be private–we were NEVER meant to keep it to ourselves. If you get on a crowded subway car and you see a bunch of sad people going through the motions–then pray for them!!! Pray that God would open up an opportunity for you to shine light into someone’s life. Pray that you might have the opportunity to talk about Jesus to just one person. And please don’t fear that you aren’t ready to talk about Jesus. Jesus himself took fishermen and decided they were ready enough to help spread the original gospel.

This post is day 18 in a 31 day series about memorizing Romans 2. If you’d like to start at the beginning of Romans 2, please check out this post. Overall, this post is day 78 in a 366 day series. If you’d like, check out one of our “Getting Started” posts to learn more about our overall mission to memorize the book of Romans in one year.

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