How do we live out God’s righteousness in our everyday lives? Romans is packed with wise counsel that we can glean from in everyday life in order to form a habit that is edifying to the Lord.
Reading and taking note of this therefore causes us to live the abundant life God has created us to live. God desires nothing more than to see his children living lives that are completely about Him.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:1-8 (ESV)
Paul appeals to us to live a life of total dedication to God and it is because of His mercies that we are required to have love for the deprived and those in need of support in this sinful world. In doing so we therefore live a life that is motivated by gratitude and servitude. Our spiritual worship is therefore encompassed in all that we do, providing that our actions are both holy and of an acceptable nature to our God and creator.
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. Romans 12
The abundance of God does not come by seeking after this world’s desires. We are commanded not to be transformed by this world, as the things of this world are foolish to the believer. The abundance which God has for us is the renewing of our mind so that we are able to make wise and Godly decisions which will bring glory to Him. The will of God for our lives is always to bring Him glory, therefore it can be said that these things are good, acceptable and perfect.
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. Romans 12
The evidence of the abundance of God’s grace in our lives are the spiritual gifts which He has given us. However we must keep it in mind that it is God who has given us these gifts, for if we do not think of our selves with sober judgement it would be evidence that we are not fulfilling the will of God because it is He who has given us this gift. The measure of our faith that God has assigned has to do with the ability and gift that we have, therefore it is not our faith because it is not our ability, but rather it is all God’s grace.
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. Romans
The purpose of the gift God has given us is not to be selfish or prideful but rather to be humble and to help each other; therefore we should not think that God is being more generous to one person and less generous to another because each has a different gifting. Each gifting is for the sole purpose of glorifying Christ and helping each other.
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. Romans 12
God has given us different gifts in Christ and we are to use them in accordance to our God given abilities. Whether that be declaring God’s word, serving one another, explaining God’s word, helping each other, by being financially generous, coming to one another’s aid in times of need, all is to be done with zeal, mercy and cheerfulness.
We can see by the above text from God’s word that His abundance is rich in His mercy, love and compassion for His people and is therefore not all about ones individual gain. We are called to think abundantly for others and their welfare. God’s love is far greater than any earthly love we can ever attempt to comprehend, it is therefore important that we understand His abundance to mean so much more than the earthly view of abundance. Just as God’s riches are not worldly riches, they are far greater and superior to anything we could imagine this side of Heaven.
With your hands you moulded man, and you said it was good, with your breath you breathed life into woman, and it was also good.
Man’s actions turned what You made good, enslaved to sin.
How unclean we must be, how unrighteous a people we’ve become.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Gen 1:27 ESV).
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (Gen 1:31 ESV).
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned– (Rom 5:12 ESV).
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope (Rom 8:20 ESV).