Romans 12. Forum Discussion

Putting our gifts to work

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Romans 12:2.

This is such a powerful scripture! To better understand it’s meaning and application, let’s break it down further.

Conformed – “To be or become similar in form, nature, or character.”

Transformed – “Make a thorough or dramatic change in the form, appearance, or character of.”

Renewing – “To make like new: restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection.”

If you are reading this, you have been blessed with access to the living word of God. What does that mean to you? The living word is extremely powerful.

The Hebrew writer puts it this way:

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. ” – Hebrews 4:12 

In 2 Timothy, Paul writes to his less experienced brother, Timothy, to encourage him to use God’s word to help him persevere through the struggles that Timothy was facing. Paul writes:

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. ” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Paul understood that God’s word was exactly what Timothy needed to help him through the adversity that he was experiencing. The same holds true for us today.

If we break away from the social norms of the world and allow ourselves to be transformed by God’s word, we not only will be able to weather whatever storm comes our way, we will be renewed and restored spiritually.

Understanding God’s word is critical for our salvation. The more time we spend studying it, the greater our faith becomes.

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17

Let’s review the importance of faith in Jesus Christ then as a matter of salvation:

  • “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” - Ephesians 2:8-9
  • “Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.” - Galatians 2:16
  • “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6

Now that we have reviewed the importance of faith, let’s talk about the choices we all must make:

  • Do we want to please ourselves, or please God?
  • Do we want to conform to the sinful ways of the world, or be transformed to walk in newness of life?

God has blessed each of us with certain unique gifts that we can use to glorify Him. The examples that Paul sites in Romans 12:7-8 include: serving, teaching, exhorting, leading, showing mercy, and being cheerful. God wants us to use whatever gifts we have to glorify Him.

Have you thought about what gifts God has blessed you with? Are you putting those gifts to work for the Lord?

As God’s children, we need to remind one another of the importance of faith in our lives and be an encouragement to one another.

Hebrews 10:23-24 says, “ Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds .”

Whatever is going on in our lives, let us encourage one another to focus on what God wants us to do, the spiritual gifts that He has equipped us with, and the promise of salvation that awaits for those that trust in the Lord.

Let’s end our study today with a powerful quote from Proverbs:

He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered. ” – Proverbs 28:26 

Amen

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Romans 13 and the struggle between good and evil. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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Michael

God has blessed me with a good sense of humor and I am a good reader of people. Often I can use my humor to break the ice in a room and help people to come together.

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Pat Dermody

As a senior citizen who is 78 years old I am in the vulnerable group and at a greater risk of not being here next month. As I face my waning years it makes me realize how we have to make the most of each moment . We , young and old alike , need to live our faith each day. As we face this pandemic are we exploring new opportunities to live our faith by reaching out to others? Are we demonstrating love and trying to lift the spirits of our family and friends? Or are we complaining about our plight and feeling sorry for ourselves.when we reach out we realize there are others who are worse off. We also discover others who are wonderful examples of what Jesus would have done were He in our midst and , actually, He is, isn’t He.Romans12:21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

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John

Like many people, I am currently at home doing the self quarantine / self isolation and have found myself with a lot more free time on my hands. Using this time to reflect on God's word and the priorities in my own life have been a tremendous blessing. God is great all the time!

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Judith Addington
John

Me too, while spending time at home. This time has been such a blessing to me as well. Time to read the Bible, time to pray with others on the phone, time to sing Praises to our God, and time to watch youtube sermons,including Frances Chan. We have much to learn during this time.

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John
Judith Addington

Amen!

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