Being the church means living our lives as the body of Christ. The body carries out what the mind determines. We are the body, Christ is the head.
When I was growing up I loved baseball and I wanted to be the very best I could be. Everyday the weather permitted I would take my baseball bat and take 500 swings. I did this so that my swing would be consistent. You can’t hit a small ball travelling at a good speed with your bat randomly going all over the place. For some reason we believe we can approach our Christian walk in a random fashion and do fine as Christians.
Following Christ requires a commitment. A commitment always requires consistency. Romans 6:11-13 says “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.” We are to offer ourselves to God. Jesus tells us to take up our cross daily. A consistent offering of ourselves to God. We are not called to live this life unto ourselves and our wants and desires. We are told to offer to God. Anyone who knows me knows I am not legalistic. We are not saved by