The other day I was talking to God and He said to me, “I did not ask you to come perfected nor in perfect condition. I asked you to come as you are so that I may condition you.”
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, 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.”
Romans 12:1-2 MSG
This passage tells us that we are incapable of doing this on our own. We, as believers, were not created to be independent. We were created to be dependent upon God. The perfecter of our faith— the renewer of our minds, the sustainer of our beings, and the creator of our fragile hearts. God wants to condition us.
1 Timothy 4:12