~ Be Transformed ~
Series Note ~ In just the single chapter of Romans 12 the Apostle Paul gave believers a list of 39 things which are part of the Christian life which pleases God. This chapter is crying out saying, “If you name Jesus Christ as your Savior then please act like a Christian!” It is Paul’s “To Do List” for us. The key principle is that while you and I cannot change God’s character (who He really is) we have the clear potential to damage His reputation (what others think He is).
Scripture to Meditate On ~ “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:1-2b).
Comment ~ This passage understands that it all starts in the mind. Decades ago I developed what I call The Discipleship Model which shows the sequential nature of human activity. Summary: Correct Thinking > Divine Attitudes > Controlled Motivations > Godly Lifestyle > Spiritual Victory > Keep Fighting! A brief overview is available in a past ALN posting entitled “For All Christian Graduates” (http://robertlloydrussell.blogspot.com/search/label/graduate) posted on May 16, 2013.
Related Passage ~ “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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