The immediate effect of a life that is entirely committed to the cause of Christ isn't necessarily dramatic activity, but genuine humility. Romans 12:3 explains that a biblical view of ourselves in light of God's mercy is the foundation for exercising the gifts that he gives.
3For 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. 4For as in one body we have many members,5 and the members do not all have the same function, 5so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads,6 with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.
The transforming work of the Gospel shapes our hearts and minds. When applied to both the mundane and profound details of our lives, it should cause us to be different from unbelievers around us. But what does this look like practically? How do these distinctions show themselves each day in our families, work, and local churches?
Alistair Begg paints the picture of a grace-shaped life in his study from Romans 12. Through Paul’s letter to the first-century church, we see practical actions and attributes that should mark the life of every Christian, no matter the circumstance.
|A Call to Commitment||Romans 12:1-2|
|Transformed Mind||Romans 12:1-2|
|We Belong Together, Part 1||Romans 12:3-8|
|We Belong Together, Part 2||Romans 12:3-8|
|Genuine Christian Love, Part 1||Romans 12:9-10|
|Genuine Christian Love, Part 2||Romans 12:9-10|
|Divine Righteousness Applied||Romans 12:11|
|Love in Action||Romans 12:11-13|
|Responding to Persecution, Part 1||Romans 12:14|
|Responding to Persecution, Part 2||Romans 12:14|
|Truth For Life||Romans 12:15-16|
|No Retaliation!||Romans 12:17-18|
|Essential Christianity, Part 1||Romans 12:19-21|
|Essential Christianity, Part 2||Romans 12:19|