Our Duty to God
v1. (Matt 22:15-22) Caesar’s image is on the coin, but God’s image is on us. This summarizes Romans 12 – Give to God what is God’s.
v2. What should we sacrifice to God? Ourselves, our bodies. (Rom 6:12-13) Why? Because if we allowed our bodies to make decisions, we would sin to please the flesh. How? Renew your mind, it needs renewing. By worshiping God (study, pray, fellowship). We will be able to find out, and then accept the will of God.
What is the pattern of this world? Entitled, self-esteem, celebrate evil, advance yourself, be moderate, climb socially, get revenge, look inside yourself for answers, etc. (Eph 4:22-24)
Finding the perfect will of God is not a treasure hunt, He has already told us His moral will in Scripture. This does not refer to our “calling”.
The perfect will of God is to obey the Word of God.
The will of God never contradicts the Word of God. (2 Tim 3:16-17)
v3. We need to use the gifts that God has given us, but we need to know our limits. Do not boast in it.
v6. All of our gifts are equally important.
Accordingly – Don’t shy away from using your gifts. If you are in “spiritual boredom”, maybe you aren’t using your gifts.
v9. You can’t just stay away from evil; you need to replace it with something good.
v11. We should not be moderate. Stand up for your faith.
v13. Sincere love results in service. We must seek opportunity.
v14. Bless your enemies.
v16. (John 13:5) We must be willing to stoop to low condition and circumstances. We must associate with and accommodate the poor and mean in the world.
v17-19. No revenge. If possible – we are morally obligated to act in self defense.
Whoever are our enemies, our rule is to do them all the good we can and leave the rest to God.
v20. Burning coals – in Egypt they would put a clay pot filled with coals on the head of someone found guilty to symbolize that they were repenting for some sin.
Kindness will hurt the enemy, but maybe win him over.
v21. “There’s no sense giving someone a rose to smell after you cut off their nose” – Ravi Zacharias
What is God’s perfect will? To use our gifts and to love others.
How can we truly love our enemies? By renewing our minds.
Replace bad things with good things.