Don’t copy the behaviours and customs of the world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.
Paul exhorts us to offer ourselves as living sacrifices to God; the kind that is acceptable to Him. We must allow God to change the way we think, becoming new people in the process.
We should always be humble, honest with ourselves and measuring ourselves by the faith He has given us.
God gives us different gifts (these are often called motivational gifts). Whatever our gifting- prophecy, serving, teaching,encouraging, giving, leadership or kindness- we should do it to honour the Lord.
Many christians fail to grow in the Lord because their ambitions and desires are worldly, rooted in the flesh and in human wisdom. They forsake the most hateful sins easily enough, but they fail to grow in holiness or character.
We can change our outward behaviour without changing our heart, but this does not produce lasting transformation. Often such change becomes legalistic or religious because the focus is on changing behaviour not on changing the thinking.
When we surrender to God everything that we are, He starts to change our thinking. As our thinking changes, we discover that we are no longer conforming to the ways of the world but are being transformed by Him.
The best part is that when God does the changing in us, it is genuine. He changes us from the inside out.
Lord I surrender all that I am to you- every thought, desire and ambition. Please bring my will into alignment with yours. Amen.