Key Bible Verse: I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

Dig Deeper: Romans 12:1-8

Our worship, our grateful response to the presence of God, doesn’t just transform us. It make us agents of reconciliation and restoration within the world. As members of the body of Christ, it is impossible that we could experience transformation within the body without a corresponding transformation of our social lives as well. The dignity of redeemed humanity is that God himself, the Holy Spirit, dwells within us and remakes us and our world according to his plan and his purposes.

You are not your own. This is the good news of the gospel applied to human bodies. It is the source of our freedom and our power, for our transformation into the people of God is the work of God. He is the one who sculpts us.

We live in a relationship of mutual self-giving with the maker of the universe. But the deep paradox of our lives and our sanctification is that our honour and glory consists in giving to God what is already his. We may ask God to take our lives – but the good news is that he already has in redeeming us on the cross.

– Matthew Lee Anderson in Earthen Vessels

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