Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Christ-followers are engaged in a fierce battle for holiness in this fallen world. Jesus understands that the fight is real…it is spiritual warfare. In Luke 13:24, He tells us to strive to enter through the narrow door. The word for “strive” in Greek literally means to agonize. Although we cannot save ourselves through works, battling love of the world and love of self is a continual contest
The ways of this world seek to invade our minds in order to assimilate us. However, the Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 12:1-2 to present our bodies as sacrifices in serving the Lord. Furthermore, he warns Christ followers…