Scripture: Ephesians 4:17-31
Observation: Paul encourages the believers to live lives that are honoring and glorifying to God. When they put their faith in him, they received a new nature, so he encourages them to walk in that new nature.
Application: Don’t you just love a good makeover show? There’s something about making old things new that’s so addicting. Take Fixer Upper for example. (Team Chip and Joanna for life, y’all! I won’t even talk about how I want to move to Waco and hang out at Magnolia every day of my life… #lifegoals) The whole premise of the show is simple: find the oldest, nastiest, scariest-looking house on the block and then spend the next two months (which only feels like 40 minutes) gutting it, transforming it, and making it look incredible. The owners gasp and cry and inevitably say something like, “I can’t believe this is the same house!”
Most of the time it doesn’t even look like the same house. It didn’t undergo a simple makeover; it went through a complete transformation.
When we give our lives to Christ, we’re transformed, too. We’re not just slightly better than before. We’re not us with a few less flaws and a few more good deeds under our belt. We’re not simply “new and improved.” We’re no longer who we were; we are brand new.
“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. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy.”
Throw off every part of your old life. Put on your new nature. You just went through the most incredible renovation in the history of renovations. (Even better than shiplap walls – sorry, Chip and Joanna.)
“Remember he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.”
If there’s a part of your life you can’t seem to shake, a habit you can’t seem to break, remember that you’re no longer a slave to this world. You represent Christ, and he lives in you – in all and through all, in every trial, every struggle, and every joy.
We handle new things with great care and respect – so handle your own new nature the same way. Respect the One who created the new nature just for you. Be careful not to let any of your old ways in. Walk as a child of the light. Be confident, brave, and fulfilled by the love of your Savior. You’re brand new, baby.
Prayer: God, thank you for completely transforming me, for giving me a brand new nature when I put my faith in you. I pray I’ll walk confidently in that new nature and represent your son Jesus in every word, action, and relationship. Amen.