“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Romans 12:1
Don’t be afraid of what you will become when you offer yourself as a living sacrifice to God. Yes, it will be hard for old attitudes and actions to be stripped away. It may hurt. But he is the God who loves us, and he acts only for our good.
Consider this. When a silversmith refines silver, he heats it very, very hot. The dross – that is, the impurities, rise to the surface and he skims them away, then lets the silver cool again. Again, he heats it until more dross rises and can be skimmed off. Again it cools. Seven times he does this … until at the end, the silver is pure and refined. And he knows this, because pure silver perfectly reflects the Master’s face.
So let it be for us.
“I will bring [them] through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”