Oct 2, 2012

Get Rid of the Old {Ephesians 4:21-24}

Day 2 of 31 days - Part 1
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Today's Verse:

Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him,  throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. Ephesians 4:21-24 
Like old clothes that have gone out of style, toss off those things that keep you from reaching your true potential.   When I read words like "sinful nature" and "corrupted by lust and deception" my first reaction is to cringe and apologize.  

The Bible doesn't mince words when it comes to holiness, but rather here is a challenge to live differently than you were living.  

Some "faith neutral" friends I have are quite moral in their lifestyle.  They don't go out and drink to excess, they don't cheat on their spouse, or even have a "potty" mouth.  They are kind, hard working people loving their families, trying to do good with their lives. 

They serve the community, take care of the less fortunate, raise money for meaningful charities, all in all, they are amazing.    So, what in THEIR life needs to be "thrown off"?  What part of that normal, moral, loving life is a part of the "sinful nature"?  Where (exactly) is the "lust and deception"?  Maybe it's not that extreme.  Maybe it's a struggle deeper within.

I don't know.  But what I do know is that God promises to make good out of every circumstance for those who love Him.  I know that God created them to live a life that is abundant, complete in Him.  Regardless of how "good" they are, God created them for more.  He created them for a relationship with Him.  Not to make them judgmental or hateful, but to complete the good work in them that He is already doing.

God's Spirit "renews" our thoughts and attitudes in a super-natural way.  He creates in us a righteousness and holiness (which far surpasses a worldly sense of "good") that is a key part of what makes us beautiful,  inside and out.

In Him, AJ

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2 comments:

  1. thanks for stopping by my 31 days! this is so true. no matter how "good" we see an unsaved person being... God created them for so much more! and how many times a day do i have to keep puttin' off the old man... Lord, help us today!

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  2. Yes to this!

    "Regardless of how "good" they are, God created them for more. He created them for a relationship with Him."

    I used to wonder what was the the difference between good, moral atheists, and good, moral Christians. On the outside, their behaviors may look similar, but only the latter have that relationship, which is the true and eternal gift of life.

    Great post, AJ.

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