Day FifteenPastor Ken Vance
Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.
Colossians 3:9-10 (NLT)
How often have we lied to ourselves and said things like, “I can’t help it,” “I was born this way,” “This is how I am,” or used those as excuses to tell others why we behaved a certain way? That way of thinking and believing holds us bound. It’s not true. The Bible says that in Christ Jesus we are made new, the old is gone and we are a new creation. God has a plan to reproduce Christ in us. We are to become scale models of the original. Jesus was God’s blueprint to reproduce replicas of Him in us. In other words, God is working in us to cause us to become like Christ. We either work with God or against Him in the process.
The process is called renewal. That entails removing old ways of living and replacing them with new. It starts with a new way of thinking. God’s Word is the blueprint of what we are now in Christ. When we begin to believe and embrace our new identity we start to live by a new nature – one God is working on in us. Our old bondage to sin is broken, and we are free to live this new way. Jesus modeled this new way of life. That’s what it means to be a follower of Christ. We aspire to and follow His way of living. It is a lie to think we have to live in old patterns of behavior. Our faith grows as we learn to trust in what God is doing in us and agree and cooperate with the process.
This process is relational. It’s understanding what God is working on in us and forming a partnership with Him to see it completed in our lives. It’s learning to allow Christ to live through us. We can’t do it on our own, but we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Progress is made as we think and act relationally and not religiously. We need to focus on our partnership and trust more and more on the greater One in us to do what we can’t but what He can through us. As that relationship grows stronger, we become more and more like Him. That is how we become conformed to the image of Christ.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for who I’ve become in Christ Jesus. I believe Your Word is truth and I choose to embrace the truth and walk in the freedom it affords me. I want Christ to live through me, therefore, I want to cooperate with the renewal process. Help me to form a working partnership with You to allow Christ to be formed in me.
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