"...assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,
to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and
to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness."--Ephesians 4:21-24
Christianity is often thought of as a list of do's and don'ts. That just limits it to behaviors and actions.
But the truth is, real Christian faith is not merely about what we do. It is really about who we are becoming. When we enter into His family, we have been given a new nature, one that is designed to be like Jesus and to reflect the Lord's likeness. Until we become His children, this is an impossibility.
If that is what we are destined for, then it makes absolutely no sense to remain in our old natures. It belongs to our old way of life. It's like clinging to a measly tattered dollar bill when millions are offered to us.
But it does require faith to put off the old self. It does mean saying goodbye to habits, behaviors, beliefs, or perhaps even relationships that once offered us security, comfort, or even joy.
And yet, this is not just about loss. It is relinquishing so that we have room to grab a hold on to something even better. Because that's the way God is. If He asks us to give up something, it's so that He can replace it with something even better.
- What is something from your former manner of life that the Lord may have been pressing on your heart to surrender?
- How might the Lord want to renew the spirit of your mind? Will you let Him do so?
- What does it look like for you to put on your new self?