In this portion of Luke 14, Jesus has been invited to the home of a ruling Pharisee for dinner. As He observes power-mongering and selfishness on display, He takes the opportunity to teach the people and the host about the priorities of God. As believers, we are to see our homes and our tables as instruments for displaying the love of God to needy people. As we are faithful to put God and then others before ourselves, we will realize amazing opportunities to share the gospel of Christ.
Here in Romans 12, Paul continues to instruct the church on the practical behavior that is the fruit of gospel transformation. In verses 14-17, we find practical manifestations of godliness that share the common trait of humility. In each of them, we are once again privileged to look to Christ and in Him the perfect example of each one.
Jesus is about to perform His last great miracle in the Gospel of John, the resurrection of Lazarus. In these first sixteen verses, Christ is expounding on the purpose for the death of Lazarus, and how His disciples can have genuine joy and hope in the midst of deep pain and suffering. All things, including the death of Lazarus, are working for the good of Jesus’s people, and for His glory as the Son of God.
In these three verses of Romans 12, we have 8 traits that are the practical expressions of the love and devotion which Paul set before us in verses 9 and 10. These are not just the character traits that belong to super-saints, but the traits that are to be embodied by every true child of God. In Christ, who is the perfect example of all of these, we are fully capable of manifesting all of them.
In the midst of being stoned, Christ appeals to the mind. Christ has just proclaimed that He and the Father are One. He is declaring His deity to the Jews. In return, the Jews believe Him to be a blasphemer.