And then he said, So

Paul, the Apostle, wrote almost three-fourths of his letter to the Roman gathering of Jesus-followers describing how bad we humans are and how good God is.

Paul didn’t write in chapters—those were added later so that people could find their place and refer quotes to others.

But, at what we call chapter 12, he writes, “So…”

Whenever we see words such as so or however or therefore, we should pause. In the original, letters were read aloud. I can imagine the reader got to that point and paused. Then said, “So…” or the Greek equivalent.

Some people (and theologians) read 8:28 and stopped. But Paul went on to write 12-15 (16 is personal notes). These are after the “So.” And it begins:

So here is what I want you to do. Take your normal everyday life and place it before God as an offering.

What do we do every day upon rising from sleep? Pause and offer the day’s life for service to God. Whatever we do and however we do it needs to be ultimately in God’s service.

Why? Because we remember what God has done for us. God made us right with him. We didn’t do anything to earn it by following rules or offering animal sacrifices.

Paul offers a bit of practical advice:

Fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.

Where you look is where you’ll go.

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