One of my favorite verses is the first two verses from these passages. This is the essence of the Christian life. This is the starting point, where the Christian begins his spiritual journey! The words of Romans 12:1 are echoed in the instructions of Jesus “if any man will come after me he may first LOSE his life”. To be called Christ followers, in order to begin that journey of following Christ and being made daily into his likeness we are instructed to present ourselves as a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God. Now if you thought it was rather unreasonable for God to demand of us a sacrifice not of time or money but of our very selves, the verse seems to be a step ahead of us, amending our errors in judgment: “this is our reasonable service”! The second element it appears towards our transformation, after our sacrifice of “self” is to not be conformed to this world and to renew our minds. As Rev. Osei said, just because you’ve (once again the notion of self-sacrifice) given your life to Christ and are saved does not mean your mind is on vacation. It is one of the sources of your daily transformation, a part you can actually take an active role in by the thoughts u permit to enter and the ideas u allow to dominate your actions. The heart is a transformation that should be left to God. For the heart is deceitful above all things, who can know it! Daily sacrifice self, and become transformed by daily renewing your mind!!