What It Takes to Really Change
1. I Must Commit My Body to God
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1
The first law of change: Change is my Choice
Three specific acts of worship:
1. By cleansing my body
2 Corinthians 7:1, Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates the body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
2. By caring for my body.
Ephesians 5:29, No one hates his own body but lovingly cares for it, just as Christ cares for his body which is the church.
3. By controlling my body.
1 Thessalonians 4:4, Each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable.
1 Corinthians 9:27, I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.
2. I Must Refocus My Mind
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2
First, do not conform. (it means to copy everybody else)
Second, any longer (it can become a habit)
Third, to the pattern of this world (it can become our path)
The second law of change: Change my Model
3. I Must Humbly Assess My Current State
Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Romans 12:3 (NIV)
… Be honest in your estimate of yourselves. Romans 12:3 (NLT)
The third law of change: Change requires Reality
4. I Must Get Group Support
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others. Romans 12:4-5
The fourth law of change: Change requires Community
5. I Must Fill My Life With Love
Don’t just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is evil. Stand on the side of the good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Romans 12:9-10
Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
The fifth law of change: Change involves Loving Others
6. I Must Nurture My Enthusiasm
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:11-12
The sixth law of change: Change requires Motivation
Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. Hebrews 10:36