But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:20-24 ESV)
Someone I know, (cough, cough . . . daughter . . . ahem) said that she loves fall. I almost didn’t ask her why as I assumed it would be due to her love for boots, scarves and cuddly sweaters, but I decided to inquire just in case. Her answer surprised me, ‘Because, you don’t have to shave your legs every day anymore!’
Did not see that coming.
But the kid has a point! One less thing to have to squeeze into our busy morning schedules (and for some of us, trying to reach those ankles is a tight squeeze in our small showers as well).
I also put off shaving my legs during the fall and winter, but when I finally get the blade and clean up the jungle found on my shins, ooooohhhhh it feels so good!
You’re probably wondering where on earth I am going with this, but bear with me just a bit further; there is a point. Once we cut off the prickly little stubs, we are suddenly amazed at how smooth our legs feel. With each swipe of the razor, our skin seems to sigh in relief. It wasn’t as if we were even aware of the offensiveness of the hairs, but once cut off, we are thrilled to be rid of them.
Just like when we cut off our old sinful habits, how once rid of them, we can’t believe that we chose to live with them for so long. Paul told us to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life . . . and to . . . put on the new self that we found in Jesus. Let’s not drag old dead stuff into our new life with Christ, but rather cut them off.
And the closer we shave them at the root, the cleaner and freer we’ll feel!
Father, thank You that You promise to make all things new! Forgive us for being so complacent with the unlovely parts of our old dead self. Help us to recognize the sinful habits that You would desire to pull out and please, Lord, fill us afresh and anew with passion for a holy walk with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
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