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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.
This passage offers us two sets of verbs:
- Offer, sacrifice, worship – which speak to giving ourselves to God
- Transform, renew – which speak to an inward-focused process
The passage also offers us two nouns:
- Our bodies – which speaks to the embodied being that we are, crafted from clay and in-breathed by God’s Spirit
- Our minds – which speaks to the immaterial being that we are, mind, emotion, thought, spirit
Together, these two verbs and these two nouns call us towards a complete offering of ourselves – a surrender, a relinquishment – to God.