Have you ever thought about what the normal Christian life is?
I mean, what is normal for the Christian? Is there a standard way of life for the Christian?
The apostle Paul describes the normal Christian life as a certain view point which leads to a certain outcome.
Christians are to view their lives in the light of God’s mercies.
His mercies of salvation are enumerated for us in Romans; righteousness–God’s righteousness is ours in Jesus; peace–God’s peace is ours in Jesus; love–God’s love is ours in that Christ died for our sins; life–God’s everlasting life in Jesus; freedom–freedom from the law of sin and death in Christ Jesus; adoption–God’s adoption of us in Christ Jesus; the Spirit of God living in us; If God is for us, who can be against us? These are not all God’s mercies but enough I hope for you to see that it is more than reasonable to offer our bodies as sacrifices. Sacrifices that live the new life in Jesus every day. Sacrifices that are set apart for His service everyday. Sacrifices that are pleasing to God because our offering is from the heart, our very soul, out of love for the salvation that He has given us in His Son Jesus.
The normal Christian life is a life of sacrifice that says no to self and yes to God. The normal Christian seeks to do the will of God according to the Bible and thus test and approve that God’s will is always good because we grow morally and spiritually; always pleasing because His will is a reflection of His own character; and always perfect because there is absolutely nothing that could possibly improve upon the will of God for us.
Romans 12:1–2 (NIV84) — 1 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. 2 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.