Romans 12

Romans 12 has Paul giving us a lesson on how we should live.  He begins with the challenge to be a living sacrifice to God.  That is how we truly worship Him, but offering up ourselves to Him.  “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship”.  We are not our own.  God created us, and Christ died for us.  So our worship of God begins with giving back our all to him.  It is part of how we worship and glorify Him – to live as truly His.

Paul goes on to remind us not to just fit in to the world around us.  In fact, we need to stand out.  “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”.  It’s easy to just fall into the trap of doing what everyone around us does.  But Paul tells us to be transformed – to be made different and new – by renewing our mind.  We do that by taking in God’s Word which helps us know God’s will and discern what we should do.  The guage should not be those around us – but what God has told us through His Word.

He goes on to talk about the body of Christ and how God has equipped each of us with spiritual gifts.  These are often referred to as the motivational gifts – those core to who we are and how we live.  “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them:

  • if  prophecy, in proportion to our faith
  • if  service, in our serving
  • the one who teaches, in his teaching
  • the one who exhorts, in his exhortation
  • the one who contributes, in generosity 
  • the one who leads, with zeal
  • the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness”

Seven motivational gifts that provide the foundational needs of a church to function.

Paul then goes on to make a long list of behaviors that should define how we live as a body:

  • “Let love be genuine 
  • Abhor what is evil
  • hold fast to what is good
  • Love one another with brotherly affection
  • Outdo one another in showing honor
  • Do not be slothful in zeal
  • be fervent in spirit
  • serve the Lord
  • Rejoice in hope
  • be patient in tribulation
  • be constant in prayer
  • Contribute to the needs of the saints
  • seek to show hospitality
  • Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them
  • Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep
  • Live in harmony with one another
  • Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly
  • Never be wise in your own sight
  • Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all
  • live peaceably with all
  • never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God
  • if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink
  • Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good

That’s a long list of behaviors that should flow out of the church.  For that to happen, they have to flow out of each of us that make up the church!

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