When we, like Abraham, decide to become a living sacrifice, we then, like any seasoned traveler, must gear up for the journey. The journey for most requires that they outfit for the world’s standard—independence, self-absorption, base survival instinct and the focus of self-preservation by any means necessary. Paul knew, however, that the journey for a person that was committed to live a life for Christ required a complete transformation.
The Rocky movies that were produced in the 70’s, 80’s and up to a few weeks ago—(Creed), illustrated the transformation very well. At the critical moment, the hero realizes that what he is doing is not working, and changes his entire thought process and regimen to become the champion. It is never simply harder physical training; instead, the hero transforms by the change in attitude, spirit and drive.
That is what Paul—and God calls us to do! We are to be transformed into a humble but God focused champion. We face the challenges of the day with the mind of Christ. We do not look to our own abilities to meet the battle, but we rely on prayer, study, fellowship with other believers and sober judgement to win the spiritual battles of the day. We never quit and always push forward to be transformed into his image, the image of a true champion!
God Bless You
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform 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. 3 For 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 faith God has distributed to each of you.