New Clothes for New Life

Ephesians 4:24   (KJV)   24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

We are world-changers; that’s a great honor. We influence and change our society because we’ve been changed—from the inside out; we’re a new creation, new man, new nature, new heart. All glory to God; that inner change is all Him. That’s the light we Ephesians 4.24 - New Clothes for New Lifeshine, this new nature created to be like God, particularly His righteousness, holiness, purity. It may be hard for some to believe, but this is us: living godly and pure lives is our nature.

Everyone is invited to share this awesome newness; most don’t respond.  As believers, we enjoy it tremendously. It’s no longer a joy for this new nature to engage in dishonesty, immorality, and corruption. There are not a lot of honors as great as representing and displaying our Father’s nature. Misrepresenting Him hurts us. Temptations abound; they possess powerful attractions, but this new man has different tastes and appetites.

Not all unbelievers are utterly hostile to believers. Some of them recognize the beauty of Christian values. They know the importance of truthfulness, faithfulness, and loyalty in relationships. They know the value of teachability and submission among their children and employees. They know the value of conscientiousness, initiative, and diligence. It’s not unusual to see parents who don’t set foot in a church but send their children to Christian schools and gatherings because they know how beautiful our lives are.

We sail on, bearing a different aura—that of humility, joy, love, peace. Our neighbors trust us; we bring peace to tense situations; we don’t harbor grudge. We don’t operate by the common m.o. of avenging ourselves against those who wrong us. We forgive. We work hard for those who trust us with their company; we’re not takers; we’re giver. Our speeches aren’t foul; they’re pleasant; they’re kind. I can go on and on, but we’re obviously different—wonderfully different. We love it. We’re deeply humbled.

Passion for God

James 4.5 - God, Heart, Bible3James 4:5   (KJV)   5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

We take God’s Word seriously; it’s the lamp of our feet, the light of our path. It shows us what to believe and what not to believe, how to behave and how not to behave. We meditate on it—day and night; the works of our hands prosper as a result. It tells us to be faithful to God—to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. God is a jealous God, and He wants our spirits to be intimate with Him, to be passionately in love with Him.

God’s Word shows us the faithful who have walked before us. We follow their footsteps. There’s always a fork in the road in front of us; we don’t struggle; we’re not confused; our spirits are sure; we’re single-minded and focused. We choose God. We’re committed; we’re devoted to Him. True, not everyone chooses to walk the same path; we have loved ones who choose to walk the broad way and enter the wide gate; we see the devastating consequences of their choices. We won’t trade life in the Son. It’s the greatest life there is. That’s why we turned from ungodliness and turned to God; that’s why we choose God; that’s why we lovingly, wisely, gently, boldly reach out to others.

God’s Word is very clear in many of its instructions; we wholeheartedly submit to its authority and walk in obedience.  Some of them may not be as clear; we live out our conviction while lovingly disagreeing with those who don’t see them the same way; no, we don’t desire evil or advocate violence against them; those who do proves that they’re not Christians even if they claim they are. We know Christians by their fruit; the foremost of it is love. This doesn’t mean we agree with everything everyone else believes and approves everything everyone else does. We love God; we follow Him; we honor Him, His will, His Word. We’re steadfast in the Truth, and we love everyone despite all our differences; we love others though they treat us as enemies. This is a heart consumed by love for the Master. Oh such wonder, such beauty.