Really? In order to replace destructive aspects of my life with good ones, God wants me to become a CEO?
That’s right. Romans 12:1 explains it.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
This passage is written to believers. The book is written to believers, and in this verse Paul addresses them as “brothers.”
I showed in a previous post that saving faith includes a commitment to Christ. Why, then, is Paul calling these people who are already believers to make a commitment? The commitment to which Paul is calling these mature believers differs from the salvation commitment.
Think of it this way. Children are obligated to submit to the household authorities. Maybe they are required to do a few chores, but their responsibilities are primarily limited to obeying and learning. Then they become adults and the scope of their responsibilities expand to include being productive.
Regardless of how an individual meets that responsibility, in effect he becomes CEO of his life, with an obligation to manage it so as to make a profit,
Likewise, when we reach spiritual maturity we are called, as in this passage, to present our bodies, which encapsulates all of our capacities, for His service. Scripture teaches, however, that God specifically assigns us the role of “steward,” which is just an antiquated word for manager. This role mandates that we manage our lives to produce maximum profit for Him. In other words, God requires that we commit ourselves to function as CEO of our lives.
In my next post I plan to explain the relationship between this commitment and making difficult changes in our lives.