1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (NKJV)
The world in which we live pursues change, personal change. Diet books abound and gym memberships are proliferate throughout the land. The desire for change is evidenced through those annual New Year resolutions. Desire for change is never the challenge. Translating that desire for change into reality is the challenge and what a challenge it is!
Change always always begins with good intentions, a better diet, better health, better work ethic, better relationships. We take those initial baby steps towards change, but somewhere along the way, the challenge of change becomes a tedious burden. We hit the wall and voila, it’s back to square one!
In Romans 12, the apostle Paul exhorts us to present (place at the disposal of Jesus) our bodies as a living sacrifice. According to Bible teacher/pastor Charles Stanley, the language of the text means this is a “one and done” presentation, that we are to die to self control and immediately surrender all control to God. Now that is a real challenge for those of us who are used to the “start and start over” cycle of change.
Yet, if we are to be transformed, in order that we might not delay the process, we must move out of the way right away to allow the Word of God to renew our minds as we surrender who we are to His transforming power.
Here’s the thing: Ultimately, as we are transformed by the Word of God, we are then called to be instruments of transformation in the lives of others. As we are instrumental in the transformation of the lives of others, we are transformed even more into the image of Christ. This is a victorious cycle of growth and maturation for all.
Charity For Life Ministries did not know that the ministry’s journey into transformation would begin with a mission trip to India, but that is exactly what happened. As our Director, Gina E, watched change take place in the lives of those who desired to change in that place, she experienced a transformation that can happen in all our lives when we truly embrace and live out Romans 12:1-2.
The journey continues….
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