Off with the Old, On with the New!

 By Mark Zeiler
 
Today’s Reading: Ephesians 4: 17-24
 
There’s nothing like putting on a new outfit. The feel, look, and smell of new fabric and the freshness of wearing something for the first time is like nothing else. Nothing signifies our identities like clothing. Clothing can identify gender, economic status, social preference, working status, and religious or political convictions. Paul compares learning Christ to “putting off” the old self and “putting on” the new self, just like taking one outfit off and putting on a new one. Except this transformation goes much further than the surface of our skin, because this transformation changes how we think, feel, and behave.
 
One of the biggest misconceptions about Jesus is that he came, died, and rose to give us some good-feeling, emotional experience. He’s after so much more. He’s after concrete, permanent transformation in our minds, hearts, and actions. As we renew our minds in God’s Word, we are changed. God’s Spirit convicts us of sin, changes our desires, and makes us more holy. We can’t ignore that putting off the old and putting on the new is a command. We play a part. We must put on the new self, just as we put on our pants. And who wants to go outside before they put on their… truth?
 
Pray that God would show you what prevents you from spending time to renew your mind daily in God’s Word, and would help you to spend time with him.
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