Mercy, worship, obedience

"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship."
- Romans 12:1

"But this exhortation teaches us, that until men really apprehend how much they owe to the mercy of God, they will never with a right feeling worship him, nor be effectually stimulated to fear and obey him."
- John Calvin, Commentary on Romans

1 comment:

  1. I struggle with understanding 'owing' anything to God. Piper talks about the 'debtors ethic' where we feel we must do things for God because of what He did for us. Like it's a 'duty.' But that is not Biblical.

    We should do things for God out of obedience because He told us to, not because we owe Him.

    I'm sure Calvin is not saying we should feel this 'duty' towards God, but it just made me think about this.

    What do you think?