Glory & Grace
What motivates you? What drives you forward as a person? What motivates you as a follower of Jesus? What keeps you desiring to walk in his ways, love his people, and serve his church? Two words this morning: Glory and grace.
Romans 11 ends with these words:
“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.”
Paul is worshiping. He’s celebrating the wonder of God. He is driven by a desire to see him given “glory forever,” because he has given us grace forever and called us his own. So now what? What is the fruit of a life blown away by the grace of God? What do we do if we want to see our gracious God receive glory and praise? We surrender our lives to him.
Romans 12 begins with these famous words:
“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.  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 12:1-2 ESV)
After worship, Paul says I appeal, I beg you, based on God’s mercy: give yourself fully to him. I want you to go read Romans 12 and ask this question: Is my life submitted to Jesus? Am I living a life fueled by glory and grace? Paul gives a lot of practical instruction in the rest of the book of Romans, and that is a good thing! But little moral instructions don’t fuel us to live on mission for Jesus. What drives us? We want to see God receive glory and honor because of his grace to us. That’s our motivator. Let’s keep it in view as we consider these last 4 chapters of Romans.
Grace & Peace.