This month I have been sharing a sermon series through Romans 12 on Sunday mornings at Pathway Church entitled “OUR PART”. I am writing this blog to bring you “up to speed” with this sermon series.
Romans 11 ends with the Doxology expressing God’s greatness. As Paul continues to write, he responds to God’s greatness. Romans 12 opens with the context that since God is so great, we should OFFER ourselves as living dead men to the Lord. The first readers of these words of Paul (author of Romans) had a deep understanding of the sacrifice.
Once Paul writes to the Christians in Rome (and everywhere) about sacrificing yourself to God by living for Him – because He is so great… Paul goes on to write about working together as the “body” of Christ. Paul writes within the context of 2 words: ” Privilege” and “Authority”. These words are taken from the NLT. In humility, Paul understands that it is his privilege to speak to the church. And, he has this privilege because Jesus passed the authority to speak to the church to Paul. As I spoke this past Sunday, I probably got bogged down a little as I spoke about authority. There is a several week long sermon series that I could preach on authority. We need to remember that God the Father gave “all authority” to God the Son. Jesus passes His authority to His followers when he calls them to go into all the world and proclaim His message.
Paul uses this authority to speak to the church to tell them that God, in His knowledge and authority has given His followers gifts, abilities, and a life context that is designed to be used for His purpose. When we all do “OUR PART” – and use our gifts, then together we will operate as the body of Christ… as ONE, and accomplish God’s purpose.
Using our gifts is part of how we are to be living sacrifices – which is all in response to God’s greatness. So, respond to God’s greatness, and live for His glory!