Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
No surprise that people are not willing to become a living sacrifice to please God. It takes a great effort. It may be because you are involved heavily in your families lives and you are putting them first in your priorities. It is hard at times to be a servant of God.
It is putting God and everyone before ourselves. C.S. Lewis’s book “The Great Divorce” is mentioned in Kyle’s book “gods at war.” It a perfect example that the lady loved her son so very much – she was not willing to even go any farther into heaven until she saw her beloved son – not the Beloved Son of God, but her son that she had been built an earthly shrine too. Now on her way to heaven, she was not willing to give herself to God.
We all fall short, but this book points out how our view of life has to be less of this world and the patterns of this world. It is counter to what most people believe. Putting our children or our spouse higher then God doesn’t seem to work either. The better our relationship is with God the better balance we have in our other relationships.
I am down to the last two chapters of the book. It reinforces my believe that God is my Savior and without him – nothing else matters.