There’s an App for That

by APC on November 19, 2015

Applications Worth Living By

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof (Romans 13:11–14, KJV).

Paul admonished the church in Rome to take what they had learned in their walk with Jesus and to apply it to their way of living. If we wait for the right conditions to apply what we’ve learned in God it will be too late (Ecclesiastes 11:4). Until the Word of God lives inside of us and becomes our lifestyle, we will never change. Discipleship is a lifestyle—we become a new creature in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17).

Paul speaks of pure doctrine through a majority of the book of Romans. But, starting in chapter 10 he transitions to the application of doctrine. To be a follower of Jesus, what we believe and how we live become inseparable. Everything in God’s word has an application (app) in our life! We need to be hearers and doers of the Word (James 1:22).

Our Spiritual App Store

Put Ourselves in Proper Perspective

Paul tells the church not to think of his/herself in a better state than we truly are (Romans 12:3). Honesty in evaluating ourselves is a gift! We are to measure ourselves by the faith that God puts inside of us. Jesus Christ is truly our measuring stick—nothing or no one else should be the basis of comparison. Our perspective comes through hope, tribulation, and constant prayer (Romans 12:12).

Good Citizens and Submissive to Authority

We need to submit to the governmental authority God places over us (Romans 13:1–5). We can disagree with government, but we can do so without disrespect. If we strive to behave ourselves and live a godly lifestyle, we won’t have an issue with the law. We should also be obedient in paying our taxes (Romans 13:6–7)—render to the government what is due and render to God what’s His (Mark 12:17).

Responsible with Our Business

We cannot say that we love Jesus if we are a cheat and fail to pay our bills. We should not be slothful in our business (Romans 12:11) but a hard worker. We work and do all things for the Lord, not for man! We should be ready to help, be generous, and control our debts. We should owe no man anything (Roman 13:8) and pay bills on time!

Maintain Good Relationships

Our relationships should be positive with believers and unbelievers. We should love others without being fake, but hate what’s wrong (not the person) and love what is right (Romans 12:9). We need to live in harmony with others and not be too proud to enjoy the company of others (Romans 12:16). We should submit to the working of the Holy Ghost in our life to lead us into right relationships and to be a good steward of those relationships.

The Most Impactful App

The foundations for all other apps is our ability to love others as ourselves (Romans 13:9). If we truly do extend love toward others, we won’t ever put ourselves into a situation where we aren’t applying the Word of God. The love inside of us will go outward to the people around us. We can love others and truly fulfill the law of God (Romans 13:8). God’s Word must become our personal app. Do you have the app?

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on November 11, 2015

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