So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. —Romans 12:1-2 MSG
How often do we miss the fact that without God helping us, we will never be changed from the inside out? Embracing this change is the best thing you can do for yourself. Just as Jesus offered His life for you, this day is your offering to Him. Welcome, all that He has for you. Anticipate His guidance with His promise of strength for whatever the day holds. Long to be renewed in your mind and open to all He wishes to pour into your life. Like a sponge, absorb Him so that you might grow spiritually mature in the understanding of His grace.
What is life like without spiritual maturity? Life has no emotional and mental stability. You are like a ship on the sea with no anchor to hold it securely. Subject to every circumstance that arises, you are tossed in the storms of life with no lasting peace. Your mind is so self-absorbed that all you know is worry and fear. Your ears are attuned to the accuser's voice instead of the encouraging voice of God. This is who you are if you don’t allow the truth of His grace to transform you.
Choose to surrender to His truth. Studying His Word changes your perception and shapes your attitudes. Focusing on Jesus instead of any thought or circumstance places your mind on His goodness and strength instead of your weaknesses. You are stronger as a result. If you allow the Holy Spirit to mold you, life is full of His supernatural promise instead of what the world says is true.
Changed from the inside out, you will not be subject to any lie or any fear. God will rescue you from any uncertainty and set you on His rock-solid foundation of truth. You will recognize the lesson He shows you, and you will respond without hesitation. His peace will anchor you safely through storms that come. His joy will spring up like a fountain, always offering a fresh outlook. His strength and power will continuously raise you above any circumstance or temptation. You will not be pulled back down to a level of immaturity that will ultimately destroy the peace you have in Him.
God brings out the best in your life! He is the potter, and you are His clay to shape as He wishes. With God’s help, place your life in His hands to be created and transformed by His grace. You are not your own. You are His.
© 2019 Lynn Lacher