Meeting with God gives us the renewing of your mind, this incredible
opportunity we have to change and develop beyond what is greater than ourselves.
This is an act of worship too, as our
trust and obedience to think right without distraction or personal agendas.
are called and empowered to change our pagan thinking, even our faulty or
shallow Christian mindset away from our selfish nature unto His character. Until
we do, the deeper things of God's will and His precepts, will be vacant and not
even be available to us. This passage is a testament that our ideas and
attitudes directly shape our values and lifestyle. To get it right, we are to be
shaping our mind to God's Word (Rom. 8:5-9; 12; 13:11-14; 2 Cor. 4:18; 1 John
When we are in Christ, we are His Christians
called to be deep with friends that are bonded as family. Our relationship with
the Lord must be transparent and not secretive (unless you live in a closed
Muslim country)! And what flows from our reverence that prompts our obedience
and conviction by our gratitude for what our Lord has done and for who He is;
they are the compassion for the needy, and the lost.
Our lives must be motivated by who we are in Christ and nothing else.
Being freed from sin must show a response and a responsibility, so what is yours (Luke 10:36-37; Eph. 4:23)?
Jesus calls us, His people and passionately urges us that God's
will is to think rightly of His precepts. That means to make our faith so real
it impacts others around us. And, we are give a simple call on how we can do
this: To see our life as an extension of God's grace and hands, so we are
willing and able to be lined up to Him, so we can be better used by Him. Then as
His living sacrifice, we can be living,
growing and performing agents of God. We are not alone in this essential manner,
remember as a Christian the Holy Spirit transforms us completely, all we are and
then all that we are to do, our will, plans and our opportunities (2 Cor. 3:18).
Our prime motivator should be our gratitude,
the essence of true worship, and how we respond to God.
This means we must have
gratitude for what Christ did for us. We have been forgiven and saved; why fret
and worry? This fuels all of our motives and contentment. If we do not have
gratitude, we will not live out our Christian lives well and we may even become
like our Jewish ancestors-stiff-necked and an insult to God Our sacrifice is not
of animals; it is the offering Christ gave us, how we respond of ourselves with
proper reverence and attitude. This also means that we now have a greater
revelation, and thus a greater responsibility (Luke 10:20; John 4:19-24; Rom.
3:24-26; 4:23-25; 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 9:15; Heb. 11:40).