Don’t Put Yourself on the Shelf!
“And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” ~ Ephesians 4:23-24
This has always been one of my favorite verses in the Bible. As with many that get quoted and used for Inscription this verse is a pretty familiar one. I can remember it being the theme of entire series of sermons or seasons of study as well as being a close and very personal scripture. I believe the reason for its wide use is because of the many different aspects of Christ it presents us.
First, I love and think we can all identify with the freedom this verse (like so many others) gives us. Any of us can renew ourselves in mind and spirit any time we choose to. It points to the access that we have to Christ. He is truly our personal Lord and Savior. He is not a god hidden away in a temple for only certain people to see. We do not have to be dressed a certain way or say an exact phrase to enter into His presence. We can renew ourselves in Him anytime we want and see the change in our mind and spirit. We have to only take him up on this free offer.
I believe this verse also reminds us to show the world this change. If I renew my mind in Him but keep it to myself I am doing my Lord a huge disservice. I am also failing not only those around me, but also myself. Much like we have said in the past- we should be so excited to share the news about Christ that we can hardly contain ourselves. This also makes me think of how my renewed mind and spirit is not only something I can talk about but that the world sees on me. It should be obvious to the world that I, or we, are truly different.
I am truly excited that we can all be renewed in the spirit and be able to show this wonderful change to those around us.
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