Do you have old clothes in your wardrobe that are no good, yet you still hold onto them? Still wear them? Perhaps it is time to throw them out! Put on your new clothes!
We continue our series on Ephesians, and we are looking at 4:17-5:4. Tony reminded us of the theme of Ephesians last week with unity, and how we are called to be united as a church. So how do we continue to walk in unity together? I think Paul tells us that we are Called to live a new life.
We’re to put off our old self and put on the new. Our old self refers to living a life without God. Our old self can seem to hard to change, or desirable to keep. However, Paul says:
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires.” Ephesians 4:22.
Our old self can seem desirable, but Paul says it is deceiving, it ultimately separates you from God and your Christian brothers and sisters. You will notice in the passage that Paul lists examples of putting off your old self. These examples are sins that affect others, the unity of the church. But we are encouraged and reminded that Jesus makes it possible to put off the old and put on the new self. Jesus says we are a new creation.
We are called to live a new life in Jesus. To put on our new self. This is living God’s way and will strengthen and help unify our church family. Are there certain areas in your life where you need to put off the old self? Come to Jesus, and he will help you.
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2.