: Changed by Christ

September 12, 2021

Pastor Tom Grieb continues our discipleship series, "unhurried." As Christian disciples, we can very well expect our lives to be different. We can expect God to be at work to transform us in all sorts of ways. While our circumstances may not always be to our liking, we will have the wherewithal to meet them. As God does his thing in our lives, our love for him and others will abound. The Christian faith is all about transformation. Our lives are made new. Paul talks about such things in II Corinthians 5:17 where he writes, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, that person is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” All of this is made possible when we offer ourselves to God. We are to do that as “a living sacrifice.” Offering ourselves as “a living sacrifice” is a matter of total commitment. We are either all in or we are not. Eugene Peterson paraphrases Romans 12:1 this way, “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.” This is the mark of a true disciple being transformed by the power of God in Christ Jesus.

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Passage: Romans 12:1-8

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