Romans Podcast Expository Files 2018 Berkley - Page 38



Romans ~ Grace Given, Received and Used
Rom. 12:3-8
When grace is given, it is understood, a response is called for. When I receive a
gift from someone (something I did not work for or earn), my first response is
gratitude to the giver. After that first response, I consider it my obligation to use
that gift. It would be both ungrateful and irresponsible to receive a gift and not
use it.
So, in the case of the apostle Paul, he received the gift of salvation, then the gift
of apostleship (with all that accompanied that grant). He was grateful to God and
was not negligent in the use of what God gave him.
The point made in this paragraph is, it should be this way with all of us, not
just apostles who were endowed with special gifts.
And, when we use what God has given us, it keeps us humble. “For by the grace
of God 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.” When I stop and consider, that
everything valuable I have, God gave me – that keeps me from elevated selfesteem or boasting.
Within the body of Christ, there are many members and they are diverse (this
emerges again in chapter 14). We are united in the body, but we are different. We
have various gifts, all to be received with gratitude and used with diligence, giving
glory to God.
Gifts given require use, to His glory and not our own.
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