Week beginning: 23rd February, 2014

By Dominic Hughes | London

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)

A dilemma that lawyers sometimes face is being asked to run arguments that are lawful but nonetheless highly unpalatable.

This topic merits far more attention than we can give it here, but here are three reflections.

First: we need to have the right mindset. The passage above reminds us first of all of God's mercy to us. It is essential, when approaching difficult questions like this, to have firmly in view the deep and wonderful truths of the Gospel.

Second: we can be too ready simply to go to professional rules as the arbiter of what is right. But even if the law allows something or professional rules do not forbid it that is not the end of the analysis – the verses quoted above demand a deeper commitment to Christ than that. Legal professional rules are not, of course, unimportant: see, e.g., the very next chapter – Romans 13. But just because a path is in accordance with professional rules, it does not mean that it will always automatically be pleasing to God.

Third: God wants us to seek His will, as the verses above also demonstrate. So we should wrestle in prayer, read God's word and seek wisdom from God's people over the issue. The best one-size-fits-all answer to these things is that we should care about them enough to take them to our Father.

Prayer Points

1. Thank God for His forgiveness when we mess up (Romans 3:23-24).
2. Pray that, as a thankful response to His forgiveness, we'd be wholehearted in our commitment to Jesus in our work (Romans 12:1-2).