“Transformation Through Complete Surrender”
Romans 12:1-2 NIV
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. 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.
All of us have a natural desire to be in control of our lives. We don’t like when things around us seem out of control. We tend to spend a lot of time and energy to make sure that we’ve got everything under control or going as we like. We do know that we should give God complete control of our lives, but we don’t often live this way.
Living our lives in worship to God involves completely surrendering to Him so that He can take control of our lives and do as He pleases with us and through us. We are all guilty of falling to the daily temptation of conforming to this world. The NLT says in verse 2 “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
We need a completely changed mindset. If we desire a life of true worship, we will surrender our lives to God each day and long for nothing more and nothing less than living for Him. We need to be transformed as we learn to serve Him with all we are. This means completely giving up our ways and letting Him take over and redirect our path constantly.
We initially say we want this, but so often stop Him from this transformation because we want control. If we want true worship in our lives, we cannot be in control at all. By becoming a living sacrifice for God, this is true worship. It’s more than anything we just do in a church service. It is about how we live our lives every day to serve Him.
Real transformation comes through true worship as we seek to love God with every part of who we are. It is vital that we be completely sold out to God in every way so that our lives become controlled by Him. If we seek to be completely transformed, God wants us our heart with no reservations.
Do we really seek to be transformed by Him so that we fully worship?