It's only three letters in Greek, but this transition word carries the weight of eleven chapters on its shoulders. With the word translated “therefore,” Paul draws upon everything he had previously written to the church at Rome—all the bad news about sin, all the good news about righteousness, all the doctrine and theology, all the truths about God and national Israel—and transitions to the “so what?” section of the letter. In light of all the truths we’ve read so far in Romans, our lives should change. We should integrate these truths in a life-transforming way. Otherwise, we are merely a little smarter. Otherwise we love with word and tongue but not in deed and in truth. Otherwise, we become mere hearers of the Word instead of doers of the Word.
Are you ready for life-transformation? Are you ready to practice righteousness?