God Wants to Transform the Way You Look at the World, Others, and Yourself

In the reading for this week (Romans 11:33-12:8) Paul talks about God’s amazing greatness and how, because of that, our lives are to be transformed to the point where we see everybody as having gifts by which to serve in the world. Further, we quit judging one gift as better than another but see all as grace.

SERMON NOTES

Sermon text: Romans 11:33-12:8

Romans 11:33–36 (ESV) Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
“For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?”
“Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

In Jesus Christ, God is calling you back to shalom, the peace and harmony for which your life is intended. It comes from putting God on the throne in our lives, rejecting what Adam & Eve did when they decided they couldn’t trust God.

On account of God’s total awesomeness and love…
Romans 12:1–2 (ESV) I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God…
Come to God with your whole self and let yourself be transformed by renewing your mind in God’s love and will.
Romans 12:1–2 (ESV) to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 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.

God wants to restore how you look at the world, others, and yourself.

Romans 12:3–8 (ESV)
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
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.

Question: Which organ in your body is the best organ? Answer: none. They are all part of a system.

Truth:
• I have necessary gifts
• Others have necessary gifts
• No gifts are better than others.

Points to Ponder
1. In what ways to I honor other’s gifts? Envy them?
2. Am I being more conformed or transformed right now?
3. Are my thoughts, words and actions rooted in my faith/worldview that God is love and has reconciled himself to us through Jesus Christ?

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