60 Day Walk – High Places

Posted by jon on April 17, 2012 in but seriously... |

Today’s post is the second of 2 articles I worte for Lawrence Drive’s blog on the book of Romans as a part of the 60 Day Walk.

Romans 11-15

Today in the reading I am so drawn to Paul’s Doxology at the end of Romans 11.

“Oh, the depth of the riches
of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable His judgments,
and His paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?”
For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever!

It is such a beautifully high view of who God is. If our worship of God focused on such a high view of God our worship would grow stale. We would be so overwhelmed by the grace of such a great God that we couldn’t do anything but worship.

This Doxology leads us into Romans 12.1 (one of the most famous passages in Scripture). It is with this high view of God that Paul says we are to offer our very lives as a spiritual act of worship. What are our lives here when seen in the light of God’s majesty? What is it the we value in this life that could compare with God’s limitless love and grace? Not money. Not fame. Not ball games. Not even the love we have for our own children can compare to the love of God. There is nothing this world can offer that is not a pale and hollow substitute for the joy of the Lord.

So it is with a high view of God and low view of earthly trappings that we are called out of this world. We are no longer conformed to its values, but God is transforming us into His Kingdom. In Romans 12.9-21 Paul describes what it will love like when we are a part of God’s Kingdom. We see a people of sincere, total love. A people who hate evil but love and care for even those who do evil. Not a wrathful people, but a people call to live in peace. How is it that we can achieve these things? “In Him and through Him and for Him” we lay down our lives and our pride for the glory of God and the advancement of His Kingdom.

What holds the highest place in your life?

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