1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
- The problem with a “living” sacrifice is that it always wants to get off the altar. On a scale of 1 to 10 (“easy” to “hard”), rank the difficulty I think I would have in giving my entire being – thoughts, words, and actions – to God.？
- As I go about my work this week, I will offer myself each morning as a living sacrifice and as an act of worship. Pray that God will help me not to conform to the pattern of this world but to be transformed. Then, throughout the day, in the words I say, the thoughts I have and my actions, I will seek God’s help to choose according to the pattern and character of Jesus rather than the pattern of this world.
- What would be my feelings then? Excited and willing? Or Wanting to jump off the altar and escape? Why?
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2011 “Spiritual Journal” book.