Here’s how I summarized and applied the text:
A life lived in the grip of the gospel bears the stamp of God’s glory on every aspect of that life. With respect to God, decisive commitment. With respect to self, continual change. With respect to others, intimate connection. The applications are plain, are they not? One, decide today, if you have not yet done so, based on the massive mercies of God to you in Christ, saving you from sin and judgment, to climb, the whole of you, onto the altar of sacrifice and dedicate your life to Him as a holy and pleasing one of worship. Two, identify the ways you have succumbed to the worlds way of thinking, like perhaps individualism, letting it squeeze you into its mold, and battle back by daily reading, studying, memorizing and meditating on the word of God so that you might discern what pleases Him and live out His will in your life. Three, join a growth group this year. Determine to put yourself in a place that the mercies of God in the gospel flowing into your life will in turn flow out of your life to and with others in the intimate fellowship of a small group.
Let us live our lives this week in light of the gospel’s passionate plea for lives stamped with God’s glory in every respect.