Is That My Body?

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. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:1-2

A woman is designed to offer her body as a sacrifice to create the next generation. Your mom gave up a lot to get you here and if you have given birth (or know someone who has) you know that nothing transforms your body more than becoming a mother. Here's a sad truth: As the baby grows, the mom's insides get pushed up and over, skin stretches, often leaving permanent marks, and once the baby is no longer inside messing you up, he’s on the outside messing your house up.

The change that happens to a person when he or she becomes a Christian should be as drastic as being host to another person. The Bible says God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are our ways His ways. We do not understand all that God has for us, but we still offer ourselves as living sacrifices, no matter the consequences to ourselves. It is troubling that we usually must try out the world’s ways of living life before we surrender to God’s way, but He is a Master at transforming us- no matter how much work we need!

God’s transformations are not always attractive to the world; same might be said for a woman's idea of what her body looks like after a baby. So like a new mother struggling with her body image, a Christian may struggle with not fitting into the life they used to enjoy before offering their bodies as a "living sacrifice." I could go on, Challenged Readers, so I'll end with this: A transformed life sacrificed to God is like parenthood: totally worth it!

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