I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1–2
I recently had the privilege along with my wife of spending some time with an individual who was in a youth group I pastored years ago early on in my ministry. It was a real blessing to get together with an old friend and his family and catch up. As we shared memories together with him and his family, we recalled how “active” he was along with his older brother when they were younger and in Sunday School. It was wonderful to see how God has been gracious to this family over the years.
Through trials and tribulations, they still acknowledge God as a prominent factor in their lives. It reminded me of a story I heard while in youth ministry of a 7th grade Sunday school teacher who was working with boys one Sunday morning. One in particular was really cutting up quite a bit. He wouldn’t stay in his seat, wasn’t listening to the teacher, and was disrupting the whole class.
So the teacher took the boy outside and asked him, “Who made you?” to which the boy replied “God did.” The teacher responded, “That’s right. So why aren’t you acting like it?” The boy thought for a second and said, “Well, maybe He’s not done with me yet!”
You know, there’s a lot of truth in the words of that little boy. That’s because as long as we’re here on this earth, God is still working on us, conforming us to His image and making our hearts more and more like His!
So if you’re struggling today with any hurts or bad habits, keep moving forward. Remember that God isn’t finished with you. He’s taking the old and making it new day by day. Live with hope knowing you’re growing more and more like Christ as you obey Him daily!