Transformed by the gospel

Romans 12:1-2 may be the most important passage about living the Christian life. We’re added to the body of Christ (Acts 2:47) as a result of immersion (Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:27-28).

We enter a new world where we must see, think, act and react differently to the world around us.

“We walk in the light as He is in the light…and the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7, NKJV).

The transformation process is a result of God’s mercy. The privilege, the honor exists because God is great and loving. How else could we enter his house and enjoy his blessings (Ephesians 1:3; 2:19)?

We present our bodies a “living sacrifice” knowing that a sacrifice must die to be useful. Dying to our stubborn will,  we become useful to God (Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 4:1).

We live so as to be a “sweet smelling savor” to the Lord (Leviticus 2:2,9,12; Numbers 28). Our Lord could ask nothing less of us. We present ourselves as Hannah presented Samuel. We give ourselves completely, dedicating our lives to his mission.

Once transformed from darkness to light, we prove that Christ is the Savior and that his way is superior (Matthew 5:13-16; John 8:12). We become full-time servants and laborers in his kingdom; always on the job and on task.

The Word is able to make us complete (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We learn as much as we can, so it becomes natural to us. As a basketball player, we practice our plays countless times so that in the heat of battle, we can perform them without thinking about it.

A recruit goes into basic training so they can be broken and reshaped into a soldier that can be depended upon in battle. Likewise, we allow Christ to make us better than we could ever be on our own.

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