This passage is from the Message Bible translation and I'm encouraged by it ... hoping that you all will be encouraged also. It will be in several parts ... at least 3 or 4 more. So be encouraged by these words written by the Apostle Paul from God.
"God is helping you. Take your everyday, ordinary. life ... your eating, sleeping, going to work, and walking-around life ... and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him.
Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it.
Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you ... develops well-formed maturity in you."
Reverend Robert W. & Mary C. Butler