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One of the incredible things about fasting is the unifying and powerful effect it can have on a gathering of believers. When a group of people seek the Lord with the right heart, incredible things will happen!
In Romans 12:3, the Apostle Paul gives us some valuable insights about the heart we are to have as we live in community with one another. This passage encourages us to have a realistic and humble view of ourselves, rather than thinking too highly of ourselves. We are to approach life with a sense of humility and avoid arrogance.
When it comes to fasting, this passage highlights the importance of undertaking the practice with sincerity and a humble heart. Fasting, at its core, is a spiritual discipline aimed at deepening our relationship with God and seeking His guidance, wisdom, and will. As we set aside time to focus on prayer and reflection, it is crucial for us to approach fasting without self-righteousness or a superiority complex. Instead, this time of fasting and prayer should elevate a genuine recognition of our weaknesses and dependence on God.
In verses 4 and 5, Paul goes on to illustrate the idea that as believers, we are part of a larger community, with each member having unique gifts and talents. These verses emphasize this interconnectedness and interdependence within the body of Christ. As Christians, we are not isolated individuals; we are part of a larger spiritual family, and our individual contributions are significant. These words from Paul carry special importance as they encourage us to recognize the strength that comes from unity.
We are all a part of a larger movement of God, and we all have a substantial part to play. Much more is at stake than you or I simply getting our prayer list answered. Our spiritual vitality contributes to the larger whole of the body of Christ. Simply put, we are stronger together. Each individual has an amplifying effect on the presence of God in the church when we pursue the Lord in unity. Your walk with the Lord matters, and your journey of seeking God during this fast will have a greater impact than you can ever realize.
Romans 12:3-5 (NIV)
“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”