Imago Dei Community

Romans - Humble Participation - - Central

Episode Summary

God has pursued us into salvation, but he has also changed us deeply. If we are indeed a new humanity, no longer slaves to sin, how then shall we live? The last few chapters of Romans give us a vision of how we are to live in light of God’s mercy. The fact is, once we realize how God has pursued us in love we should desire to bring it all back to him in love. The problem here is that at the root of our sin lies a bent-ness to being consumed with self. We have deified ourselves to the point where our needs, wants, and feelings are the most important things in our lives. As a part of our transformation (metamorphosis) we should rather begin shifting towards a humble participation with our lives in God’s will. One huge way we can begin this is to understand and employ our gifting for the sake of others. Even in this seemingly spiritual activity, the temptation remains to find our gifting, and use it for our benefit. But this text clearly teaches that we are to use our gifts in sober judgment, in faith, and for others. Romans 12:1 - 8

Episode Notes

God has pursued us into salvation, but he has also changed us deeply. If we are indeed a new humanity, no longer slaves to sin, how then shall we live? The last few chapters of Romans give us a vision of how we are to live in light of God’s mercy. The fact is, once we realize how God has pursued us in love we should desire to bring it all back to him in love. The problem here is that at the root of our sin lies a bent-ness to being consumed with self. We have deified ourselves to the point where our needs, wants, and feelings are the most important things in our lives. As a part of our transformation (metamorphosis) we should rather begin shifting towards a humble participation with our lives in God’s will. One huge way we can begin this is to understand and employ our gifting for the sake of others. Even in this seemingly spiritual activity, the temptation remains to find our gifting, and use it for our benefit. But this text clearly teaches that we are to use our gifts in sober judgment, in faith, and for others.
Romans 12:1 - 8