Shortly after placing my faith in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I was ready to take on anybody and everybody about my discoveries as I read the Scriptures. Some of the things were quite simple to understand, but some of them did not seem to make sense with other things I read. I was a long way from readiness to stand behind a pulpit and preach. However, I was in “high gear” to share my recent experience and “save the world”.
Gradually things began to unravel in the areas that I found confusing. I would even challenge my professors in College. They were patient and understanding with this arrogant fellow, and would answer my questions and challenges. My classmates had a much better background than I, so the debates would sometimes get a little exciting with our mixed, and mixed up, backgrounds.
While reading Romans 14 this week, I was reminded of a conflict that ensued between a friend of mine and my-self in the area of dispensations. Our dispute reached a point where he asked: “Do you consider me a heretic?” For a moment I was stumped! How far was I removed from him and him from me, that he thought that I may feel that way. The Holy Spirit came to my rescue as I sought a response. “In light of Romans 14:1, I consider you a weaker brother! However, you probably feel the same about me being the weaker brother.” In that moment we walked to each other and hugged. Case closed!
Several ideas in Romans 14 are worthy of scrutiny. There was a difference of opinion concerning the eating of meat or vegetables. Again, some were arguing about which day of the week was to be set aside for worship. The Apostle reminds them: “Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person regards one day above another; and another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. He, who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God. For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” EACH PERSON MUST BE FULLY CONVINCED (persuaded) IN HIS OWN MIND! (V5)