Paul’s Practical Preaching
Paul had begun this last bit of Romans, not with more doctrine, but with the practical. How we are to live in the world, as Christians; belonging to Christ.
In Romans 12:1-2. He shows that presenting your bodies to God, and refusing to be conformed to the world, will strengthen you to find and do the will of God in your life.
Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
Paul was saying that God has given every man, by His Holy Spirit, faith and grace. They are gifts; so we should not be proud that we know something, but instead, we should use that measure of faith to:
Romans 12:6-18: “…according to the grace that is given…” we are to do the work God has given us to do.
Let love be true, and not phony; turn away from evil, love the good.
Be kind to one another, preferring the fellowship of believers.
Working hard to do your job, because in it, you serve the Lord.
Yield to the joy of the Spirit, and be steadfast in the trials of the day.
Pray always. (An attitude of prayer is what is meant: being ready to interrupt what you are doi
See to the needs of others as you are told.
Bless those who seek your hurt. Do not seek revenge.
Be honest. And try and live at peace with all men.
And how can we do these things? They seem(at least to my temperament) impossible. We must go back to:
Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, wholly, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”
You see, it all starts with giving ourselves to God. It says “bodies”, here; to illustrate how we need to yield to the Holy Spirit within.
Our hands need to be His; not doing things which they should not.
Our feet need to be His; not going places we should stay out of.
Our mouths need to be His; not saying unkind things or lying.
We could go on, but you get the reason Paul said this. We need to give ourselves, inside and out, to God.
But thankfully when we do: we are “transformed” (changed) in motive, and power to do His will.
(That motive is “good”, because my motives are often selfish)
(That power is “acceptable, and perfect”, because I have none)
But He does. And He wants us to get “our measure” of all we need, to live the life He has for us. A life of goodness and power.
Will we present our bodies to Him?