Becoming a Better Christian (1)
Ephesians 4:21-24 NKJV “21if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”
When a person accepts Jesus as Lord and savior, there is a spiritual change in the nature of the person. The old nature of sin is removed, and a new nature in the likeness of God is put in the person. This heart change is done by God’s Holy Spirit. However, man is a tripartite being, having a spirit, soul and a body, and though the nature of sin is changed, the body and the soul still are unchanged. To become a better Christian, the new convert has the responsibility of renewing his or her mind, and subduing the urges of the flesh.
This explains why when a person gets saved he may not necessarily feel different. While they may have different impulses towards certain actions, the desires and reactions of their body most times are still the same. Foul language, flirtatious behavior, and outbursts of anger may still be the reaction when they receive the same cues that triggered those actions in times past. Deep within them is an inner compass pointing to what’s right and what’s wrong. But the strength to do what’s right and abstain from what’s wrong in order to be a better Christian has not been built up because the soul and body have not been trained in this new way of life.
Becoming a better Christian involves learning what it means to live the Christ-like life. The New Testament is God’s revelation to the Church on what the Christ-like life ought to be. This is why reading and meditating God’s Word is important. Ephesians uses the term “put off” and “put on”. The Christian has the responsibility of putting on the habits of this New Life. This requires keeping the instructions and principles of God’s word at the forefront of your heart and mind.
Scriptures to Meditate: John 14:15, 1 Joh.2:3, Rom.12:3, Jam.1;21-25
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