Wednesday, 10th Week after Pentecost

Text: Romans 14:13-23

Prayer Pointers:

For attentiveness to those you meet

To cultivate righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit

For all who work in food-related industries

IN HIS DISCUSSION over eating or not eating particular foods, Paul gives an example of spiritual maturity, the goal of Christian discipleship. The question among the Roman Christians is whether it is permissible to eat meats purchased from the markets, because in the butchering process a portion would likely have been sacrificed to a household or commerce god as an act of worship, in the same way that you or I might say grace over a restaurant meal. This standard practice at the market created a conundrum for Christians—should they eat what has been dedicated to a pagan god? Paul answers the theological/Scriptural question but notice that his emphasis is elsewhere. “Look to how you can be Christ’s servant; do that, and your relation to God and your fellow believers will take care of themselves (verse 18, paraphrased).”

So what is spiritual maturity? Paul gives a succinct answer in another letter: “We proclaim him, teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect [mature] in Christ” (Colossian. 1:28). A fuller answer would take several more paragraphs, but Christlikeness is the goal, the purpose of the Christian life. And Christlikeness is not achieved by our own efforts—it begins with another, when Jesus Christ invites us into relationship with him, when his intentions begin to flow into our lives, and we grow (develop) in his glorious light. Spiritual maturity begins when we answer his call, do as he commends/commands, and trust him for the results.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.