Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.Colossians 3:9-10 NIV
We were created to bear the image of our Creator. We were made to be like Him. That was God’s original intent. But sin marred that image. It led us to believe things that were not true and become things we were not meant to be. That’s why Jesus came. He came to redeem us, not exchange us. In Him, we become a new creation. Not new in the sense of becoming someone else, but new in the sense of restoring the original beauty God intended for our lives.
Restoration is a process. It’s messy. It always takes longer than you think and costs you more than you expected. Replacing old with new and restoring the original beauty is the work God wants to do in us. But, He needs our cooperation to change our way of thinking. It means discovering the lies that have controlled our thinking and hindered us, and replacing them with truth. It requires replacing our view with God’s view of us.
God’s Word is an essential and critical part of the process. It is learning to see life from God’s point of view – truth. Truth has the power to liberate our lives like nothing else can. But truth must be embraced to benefit the recipient. That’s what it means to renew our mind – to align our thinking with God’s thinking, based on the knowledge we discover from His Word.
God’s best version of our life is when we have the faith to believe His Word and allow it to become our pattern for living. When we realize the beauty of who we were made to be, the authority we were made to walk in, and the inheritance we have been given, and believe it – we can begin to live out our full potential.
What has formed your view of your life? What do you see about your life or your potential? Does your view of life agree with God’s view? The key to unlocking God’s best version of you is to discover what His Word says about you and dare to believe it. It requires a new view!
Heavenly Father, give me the courage to face the lies that have controlled my behavior for too long and replace them with the truth of Your Word. This year I want to walk in Your Truth and live the life You created me to live. Allow Your Word to become the light that guides my way and the means for my becoming Your best version of me! In Jesus name, Amen.