Category Archives: transformation

Living sacrifice: All that you are

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

God did an amazing thing for us in sending Jesus. He not only redeemed us and saved us from eternity in hell by forgiving us, but He adopted us into His family and now calls us His own children. Because we’re now His, He’s ours, we are not our own, we have been bought with a price. And our response to His mercy and grace is to give Him the one thing He wants – ourselves, to glorify God with our bodies. Our thoughts, our words, our work, our actions, our desires, our time, our talents, and our treasures. Not just all we have, but all we are. This may sound unreasonable, but trust me, the trade we make works in our favor. Like the man in the parable who sold all he had to buy a field where a great treasure was buried, our lives are so much richer with Jesus than with anything we’re unwilling to trade for having Him.

Matthew 13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Submitting ourselves to Him pleases Him and brings about a transformation that we could never accomplish on our own. Jesus is better than anything we trade for Him.

Living sacrifice: Presenting your heart

Matthew 19:21-22 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

What is it that you want in life? Better question: is it what God wants for your life? I think this is the big hang up for people when it comes to presenting our whole bodies as a living sacrifice. The human heart wants what it wants, and sometimes that something destructive or sinful, and yet we can’t let go of it. Our desires can be very powerful. Look at the rich, young ruler in Matthew 19. He asked Jesus what he had to do to be saved. He said he kept the whole Law and obeyed God. Jesus told him the one thing he still needed to do was let go of what he was holding on to – his possessions. He couldn’t do it, and he missed out on something better. Some people interpret this story all wrong. It’s not about selling all of our stuff. It’s about giving our all.

We do surprising things to get what we want, things we’d never have thought we’d do. Our motives are shaped by what’s in our hearts. What are you holding on to that’s keeping you from being transformed? If Jesus is better than anything else we can have; what’s stopping you from letting go and trading what you want for what God wants?

When we submit our motives, God gives us desires that please Him. God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.

Living sacrifice: Presenting your feet

Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

Have you ever thought you knew what you were supposed to do, only to have it all fall apart and just not work out? I’ve been there with my life. I thought I had a future in politics. It seemed promising, but the deeper I got into things, the more frustrating it got and the less I seemed successful. It was only when I started letting go of what I wanted and letting the Lord direct me that I realized He had something greater planned.

It can be hard to let go of having our own way. We put in a lot of hard work to move in the direction of our own goals. When it comes to surrendering those for the sake of what God wants for us, it’s an incredibly humbling experience.  His plans are always better than ours though.

Think about what you want out of life. Where are you going and how are you going to get here? Now ask if your goals fit into God’s bigger plan. If you can’t answer yes, what will you do to align with Him?

When we submit our moves, God gives us destinations.

Prepare to be transformed

Romans 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Paul’s letter to the Romans has been called the “gateway to the Bible.” This book is a very clear presentation of the gospel in chapters 1-11, so when Paul takes that gospel presentation and then says, “therefore…” in Romans 12:1, we should realize the weight of that. He’s building everything he’s about to say on that fact that sinners are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection.

As the letter to the Romans unfolds, you’ll see God’s wrath, our sin, His way out for us, our adoption into His family, and the fact that nothing can ever separate us from His love that He poured out in Jesus.

Romans 11:36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Paul’s saying that everything is for Jesus and because of Jesus and about Jesus. Jesus is the reason for every season. So in light of THAT, “therefore, this is how I want you to respond” is what he is saying.

The word “present,” as in “present your bodies” is an action word, and it’s THE action word in this passage. Romans 12 verse 2 says, “be transformed.” That’s passive. We’re not the ones doing the transforming in ourselves. God is doing that work. Our role is to submit. To present ourselves. Submitting ourselves to Him pleases Him and brings about a transformation that we could never accomplish on our own. Until we’ve made that move, transformation can’t happen.

Many times the reason why we fail to change is because we’re trying to do it on our own instead of letting God take care of the transformation. Failure to prepare leaves us unchanged. Have you given yourself over to the Lord for Him to transform you?