Renew

“They have become  callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 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 4:19-24 ESV

These six verses speak volumes. While our old self is gone when we profess Christ as Lord, I read this and started looking at putting the old self away and taking up our cross daily as being part of the same perpetual ritual. Both of which work toward renewing us from within, transforming our minds so that we can have a deeper relationship with Jesus.

Think about the spirit within us. Yes, we have a spirit and a body; but, I am talking the life God breathed into man— that is the breath of God within us. As believers, we also have His Holy Spirit working within and through each one of us who professes Christ as our Lord! Think about our minds! Some define that as our faculty of thinking, but how many of us realize it is also defined in Greek as reflecting an attitude?

We should be putting off that old man and that old woman on a daily basis. We should be renewing the way we view things, we should be reaffirming an attitude of Christ—both in our dependence on Him and in our desire to be like Him as we fight the good fight, EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

In that old mentality, that old self, that old lifestyle—we each have had our areas of callousness; we each have had our areas where we lacked self-control. Some of us have become so callous that we lost our sense of shame, we were insensitive to anyone but ourselves. Some of us have succumbed in that old lifestyle to excesses, to self-abandonment, to catering to whatever gives us selfish pleasure. In these verses specifically we are called to put that away.

The first step of renewing ourselves in Christ was recognizing we needed a Savior. The next step is realizing where we are still clinging to our former self-indulgent life so that we may turn from it and cling to Christ. We are not called to profess Christ and continue on as we always have. There is no doctrine that says we are allowed to profess Christ and then willfully persist with the selfish, self-centered, arrogant, vengeful and hateful attitudes we used to have before being saved. It is clear, we are to change. To be transformed. To be renewed. We are not called by Christ to be Sunday seat-warmers. We are called, in Christ, to be Everyday Spirit Reformers!

What about you? What might you be clinging to from that former life? Where do you still need renewing?

Until Next Time
God Bless



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