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Honoring God with My Life

Romans 2:17-24

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Parts of the second and third chapters of Romans are easy for us Gentiles to take a little lightly because Paul is targeting the Jews. And, since I’m not a Jew, then surely this section has little to say to me; right? Try swapping out a couple of words in the passage below as shown, and see if it might have more to say to you about honoring God.

Now you, if you call yourself a Jew (Christian); if you rely on the law (Bible) and boast in God; if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law (Bible); if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law (Bible) the embodiment of knowledge and truth— you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?  You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?  You who boast in the law (Bible), do you dishonor God by breaking the law (Bible)?  As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles (unbelievers) because of you.”

Romans 2:17-24 NIV (parenthetical comments added)

Knowing and Doing

I have to admit that deep down, there is a part of me that is guilty of the first part of this passage. I have the Bible and have spent a lot of time with it. I believe I have an understanding of God’s will and his purpose for me, as well as the rest of creation. And I am confident I can hold my own in almost any doctrinal or apologetic discussion. What more could God want from me (cough, cough)?

But there is a big difference between knowing and doing God’s will. Between knowing and obeying his instruction for me. I wonder sometimes just how different my life might be if I did not know God and did not have the Bible. Would it be significantly different? It should! Unfortunately, there is a vast difference between what should be and what actually is. This world has way too much appeal for me, drawing my eyes away from the eternal.

More importantly, how do the people of this world judge God based on the way I live? Does the witness of my life turn people away from God? Draw them to him? Or does it have no impact? I would like to think that it is attractive, but I fear that more often, it is neutral; good, but not necessarily anything that would make people say, “I want some of that”. It really should be a priority for me to ensure that God is honored by my life. How tragic it would be to stand before him at the end of this life and discover that I have failed to do so. And how much worse to find that my life has turned someone away from God. I pray that is not the case.

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Ed Jarrett

Just an old clay jar that God continues to see fit to use in his kingdom's work. I am retired, married with 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. I have followed Jesus for many years. And I love to share what He has given me from His word.

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6 thoughts on “Honoring God with My Life – Romans 2:17-24”

  1. What exactly is being an evangelist? Isn’t that someone that teaches about God? When God visited me He asked or told me to be an evangelist. I said God I’m so nervous about talking in front of people I don’t think I can do that. Then as I’m reading the Bible, I read where Moses said the same thing. But even though I’m nervous I talk about God and His goodness and grace and mercy every chance I get. Is that not the same thing? At the end of this life I want to stand before God and say I used every talent you gave me and not fall short. Also I just want to say God I love you so much.

    • Evangelism is about telling the good news of Jesus, the gospel. All of us are expected to do that as we have the opportunity. But Paul describes the Evangelist as being one gifted by God to proclaim the gospel. While all of us should evangelize as we have the opportunity. An evangelist is one who is especially gifted for that purpose.

  2. Some are chosen to be prophets/evangelists/pastors/teachers [Ephesians 4:11], and we are encouraged to be workers in the field, but it is not our rhetoric / cleverness that convinces but the Spirit of God that moves people. Boast not! We always have to be ready to say why we Hope, but those circumstances are sent our way in the Lord’s own timing. You do a great job thinking & writing, and your messages of Truth are always welcome.


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