“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:1-2
When we come to know Jesus as our Savior, it requires whole life transformation. Too often, we attempt to make our Christian life just another compartment in our already compartmentalized life. We have our work life, our family life, our social life, our private life, and we attempt to add to that our Christian life.
The problem with this is Jesus cannot be contained in a compartment of our life. He wants the whole thing. He desires every ounce of our being. He doesn’t desire that we give Him portions of our time or allow Him to flavor parts of our life. We feel good at times that we allow Jesus to bleed into other areas of our lives like water color on a painting.
Jesus isn’t interested in bleeding into small portions of our busy lives. Jesus wants to be the paint and we are the canvas. Everything that happens on the canvas should flow out of who Jesus is what He has done. He literally paints the story as He sees fit. The canvas (us), is transformed as Jesus paints Himself over every square inch of the canvas. The stories of our work life, our family life, our social life, our private life, etc. are told through the colors of Jesus and His life.
If you’ve not experienced radical, complete life transformation, that should be a concern to you. We must be constantly renewed by the constant transformation of our minds. Only through this constant change and renewal can we hope to be used effectively to advance His kingdom.