And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. (Romans 12:1–3)
Wouldn’t you love to live courageously in spite of the odds? Doesn’t it sound exciting to be divinely powerful in day-to-day living? Aren’t you eager to become independently authentic in a day of copycat styles and horrendous peer pressure? Of course!
It all begins in the mind. Let me repeat it one more time: thinking right always precedes acting right. I cannot overemphasize the importance of the renewed mind.
It is really impossible to grasp the concept of serving others—or to carry it out with joy and without fear—until our minds are freed from the world’s mold and transformed by the Lord’s power.
I feel the need to add a warning to my urging. A warning against anyone who might “use” others to accomplish his or her purposes. Be very careful not to do that! How easy it is to encourage servanthood so others might serve us.
That is not the way our Master walked and neither should we.
Servanthood starts in the mind. With a simple prayer of three words: “Change me, Lord.”