God Gifts His People for Action

My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

Psalm 62:5-8

I recently shared what God was teaching me about Romans 16 with the women of Calvary Chapel Beaumont. Romans 16 is filled with Paul’s love for the church in Rome. It also describes how God gifts His people for action to serve.

Andrew MacLaren wrote about Romans 16:1-16.

“The world was then broken up into sections, which were sometimes bitterly antagonistic and at others merely rigidly exclusive. … But here are Paul the Jew, Phœbe the Greek, and the Roman readers of the epistle, all fused together by the power of the divine love that melted their hearts, and the common faith that unified their lives.” 

Andrew MacLaren

God gifts us others for service that produces unity.

God uses each one of us if we surrender to Him. God hears and God acts on prayers according to His will. 

How is God using you today?

God gifts us the gospel for preaching. Are you preaching the gospel?

Paul framed the letter to the Romans with the gospel.

That is the ultimate goal of the gospel: the gospel awakens and strengthens faith that leads to conformity to Christ, which displays the glory of God. 

John Piper

God gifts us faith for obedience. Obedience flows from faith.

Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith– to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

Romans 16:25-27 (NKJV)

Loving Father, You alone are wise. You, alone, are able to set us on the firm foundation of the Good News that Jesus paid the price for our disobedience. Thank You! We trust You with all our hearts, minds, and souls. We want to obey You, for we trust You. Guide us in using the gifts You have given us to glorify Your name. Amen.

How are you using God’s gifts to you?

For the full teaching, you might want to watch this video.

Thoughts on Romans 16.

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