Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer 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.
These verses give us a next step- an answer to the “why” of self-control. The more we sacrifice any selfish desires, the more our minds are renewed, and we are transformed. We grow closer to Him, and better understand and recognize His will. We can walk more in step with God’s plan.
Father God, I need you, and I cherish the lessons you have left with your Word. Help me to be stronger, Lord. Amen