A Change of heart . . .
Romans 2:25-29 NLT
 The Jewish ceremony of circumcision has value only if you obey God’s law. But if you don’t obey God’s law, you are no better off than an uncircumcised Gentile.
 And if the Gentiles obey God’s law, won’t God declare them to be his own people?
 In fact, uncircumcised Gentiles who keep God’s law will condemn you Jews who are circumcised and possess God’s law but don’t obey it.
 For you are not a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents or because you have gone through the ceremony of circumcision.
 No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by the Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people.
Reflection . . .
What makes someone a part of the family of God, truly a child of God — His people?
The purpose of circumcision was an outward physical sign of the eternal covenant between God and His people. Here in these verses we have the New Testament meaning and purpose of circumcision for believers. Through faith and the work of the Holy Spirit, a child of God has been circumcised in their hearts creating a change of heart. It is an inward sign of an eternal covenant between God and His people. The change according to the Old Covenant could only come through obedience to the law; the change according to the New Covenant can only come through faith that results in a changed heart. The former covenant depended on obedience, while the new one depends on faith.
The change of heart means we give it all to Him, everything! It means we no longer live for ourselves, the praises of others or any personal gain! We live for God through faith in Jesus Christ.