In View Of God’s Mercy

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I love the church.

It has played many crucial roles in my life; loving me, baptising me, supporting me, challenging me, discipling me, investing in me, and taking chances on me. And it has been doing these things for literally as long as I can remember.

I love the church.

 

The church is extremely important to God. Therefore it should be extremely important to us. The way we interact with and within the church is also extremely important to God.

 

Let’s be honest here, the church isn’t perfect and there is no such thing as the perfect church.

There won’t be a perfect church until Christ returns and makes her perfect. However, that’s no reason for us to slack or disengage. It is of paramount importance for us to spend each day we have here on earth building God’s church, His bride, into the best she can be.

 

I want the church to be in the best shape it can be when I pass it on to future generations. I want my children to have the same love and testimony of the church as I do.

How can we live in such a way to help this become reality?

Let’s dive into the beginning verses of Romans 12 to see.

 

Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.’

 

Paul spent the first 11 chapters in Romans teaching the church the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here in Chapter 12, Paul is changing from theology to instruction.

He is building on from what is true about God and Christ and our salvation, to how we should then respond and live in light of these great truths.

 

Weighing up everything that he has said in his letter so far, Paul instructs us to live ‘in view of God’s mercy…’ To live always aware of the mighty mercy that has been shown to us. To keep it front and centre in our minds.

In other words, the Christian life is built on the solid rock of the mercy of God.
But what does that mean practically speaking? How should our lives reflect us living in view of God’s mercy?

Let’s use the following verses to find out.

 

1. Live selflessly and sacrificially.

Verse 1 tells us, ‘To offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.’

Simply put we are to live selflessly and sacrificially in order to worship God.

Easy to say, hard to do.

 

2. Live according to God’s will for our life.

Verse 2 exhorts us, ‘Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.’

Simply put we are to live according to God’s will for our life, not according to our own.

Easy to say, hard to do.

 

3. Live humbly.

Verse 3 says, ‘For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: do not think of yourself more highly than you ought..’

Simply put we are to live humbly, putting others’ needs above our own.

Easy to say, hard to do.

 

4. Live well in community.

Verse 5 teaches us, ‘so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.’

Simply put we are to live well in community, belonging to each other.

Easy to say, hard to do.

 

5. Use our gift and talents to the best of our ability.

Verse 6 encourages us, ‘We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith…’

Simply put, we are to each use our gift and talents to the best of our ability to benefit others.

Easy to say, hard to do.

 

As I contemplate this important teaching, I am challenged by the magnitude of what is asked of us, but thankfully, I am reminded that it’s all done ‘in Christ’.

It’s in and through His great mercy.

I lean on Him.

I find strength in Him.

I commit to living in view of God’s great mercy; selflessly and sacrificially, according to God’s will for my life, humbly, living well in community, and using my gifts and talents to the best of my ability.

 

I love the church.

 

 

Dawn Burgess
May 31, 2021

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