God gives his mercy and grace to us for free. Our response as followers is not to take those gifts and merely be thankful, but to change the way we live based on our new life. The apostle Paul in these verses from the book of Romans below solves for us the riddle of how we’re suppose to live out our days here on earth, and that’s by doing something that brings us closer to emulating Jesus. He offered up his body as a sacrifice for all of our sins. In a similar way, we are called on to give up our lives.
When we accepted Christ as our savior, our hearts transformed. But this verse shows us that our transformation is ongoing through the renewing of our mind. However often we renew the way we think, that’s how often we can be transformed through Jesus’ love.
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. 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.