“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25 ESV)

“Subdue in me the love of sin,
  let me know the need of renovation as well as
  of forgiveness,
  in order to serve and enjoy thee for ever.” – The Valley Of Vision

Forgiveness of sin is the result of God’s grace and mercy to us when we respond to the gospel. When Jesus calls us to follow him, it is a call to abandon our self-centered way of life and embrace him as King. Salvation is the way of surrender and of absolute trust in the person of Jesus Christ. He took our sins in his body on the cross, died, and rose from the dead and forgave us. But God has done more than forgive our sins. He came to deliver us from being dominated by sinful actions and desires.

When the Holy Spirit inhabits us, or takes up residence in our bodies, the process of becoming holy begins. Which means we have been set apart for God. We no longer belong to ourselves, but we belong to the Lord. We give up the right to live our lives the way we want to. Jesus died to bring us back to his Father so that we can enjoy him forever.

As we behold the beauty of Jesus, the Father renovates our hearts and conforms us into the likeness of his Son. This renovation project is what theologians call sanctification. Heart renovation only comes to those who posture themselves to receive from the Holy Spirit. As we seek God through the Scripture and prayer, we have our minds influenced by His. A renovated heart has been calmed and has assurance of acceptance with the Father.