"Therefore, 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. 2. Do 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."
Any thoughts on this?
I used it in my article The Book of Romans
. Thought you might want to add to that.
It seems that is from the NIV... Because it is fresh and, in the years of my KJV upbringing, I am "revolting", I looked it up in The Message.
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.
The first sentence is key... If you are not living an "ordinary" life within God's power, you haven't released your life fully to God to become ordinary.
I also like the phrase above... "Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking."
Our culture has infused Christianity as much as Christianity as infused our culture, actually I believe more. We have the Conservative Christians who fight that but with "moral" rather than "Christ-centered" fights.