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Exactly two years ago today I was in London, England, standing in front of Buckingham Palace, watching The Changing of the Guard. What a regal ceremony! Of course I wondered if the Queen was inside and speculated what it would be like if she appeared outside...even for a moment.
What a stir that would cause! What emotion would that stir within the gathered throng? But she didn’t make an appearance!
I’ve never been in the presence of royalty although I’ve rubbed shoulders with some very famous people and, no, I was not at the Senators’ game last night.
Earlier this week I was speaking from Romans 12:1 & 2. Here the apostle Paul challenges the Roman Christians to respond to the many mercies that have been richly bestowed by a loving God.
He writes, “Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.” vs. 1 In other words, the apostle is saying, “because of all that God, in Christ Jesus, has done for you…here’s the response that should follow:…”
Earlier in this epistle Paul has written concerning all that God has done. He has provided:
Righteousness through faith in Christ – chap. 3, verse 22
Justification through faith – chap. 5 verse 1
Access by faith into His grace – chap. 5 verse 2
The hope of the glory of God – chap. 5 verse 2
Salvation from God’s wrath through Christ – chap. 5, verse 9
Eternal life, the gift of God, through Jesus Christ – chap. 6, verse 23
No condemnation for those in Christ – chap. 8, verse 1
The Spirit of Sonship making us heirs with God and joint heirs with Christ – chap. 8, verses 15,17
Victory through Christ. We are more than conquerors though Him – chap. 8, verse 37
Security in Christ. As believers, nothing can separate us from Him – chap. 8, verses 38,39
And the list isn’t complete. We’re just scratching the surface of all God has done for us in and through His Son Jesus Christ.
What is your response to Him this morning in view of His mercies? He is here with us today. We are in the presence of the King!