So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.
*That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Imagine with me that you owned a car. It was smelly, rusted, and broke down all the time. The ‘check engine’ light was constantly on, the washer fluid bottle had a leak so that it never retained any fluid, and the passenger door was held shut by a belt from the inside. It had cardboard to replace the back quarter window, and the driver window didn’t roll down at all!
You were ashamed of the car.
Your parents were ashamed of the car.
Even the police were ashamed to pull over this particular car for fear that they’d have to get near the smelly thing.
Now imagine that this morning when you woke up, you found that there were now TWO sets of keys on your previous key chain…
And sure enough, when you went out to the driveway, there was now TWO cars sitting there:
a brand new fully loaded vehicle in your name and even your favourite colour…
And as always, your old broken down smelly vehicle.
Which would you choose to drive today?
When the Scripture says to ‘put on the new self’, in essence, what it’s saying is, “It’s okay… Go ahead and get into the new car!” While all the religions of the world are saying “just fix up your old car!”
But when Jesus Christ died on the cross and you believed, you were made completely and totally BRAND NEW!
But every day we have the choice between which of these two ‘selfs’ we’re gonna walk in – the old self with its corrupt desires – or the new self created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness!
This is the power of transformation… When you inform your old self that the new self led by the Spirit is now in control!
It may take some time, but soon enough, you’ll find yourself so comfortable in your new car getting used to a ‘non-smelly’ vehicle. One where all the lights, wipers, and windows are powered, and work! One with seat warmers for the cold days and where the doors actually lock and you even have an alarm system. One that goes for service regularly so that all the fluids are continually topped up!
And the best part is, not only is this new car fully insured from bumper to bumper so that you can have peace and assurance no matter what may come your way, but it’s also rigged with a free OnStar system that gives you a direct link to the manufacturer who offers navigation and roadside assistance so never again are you ever driving alone!
This is a picture of the new life that God has welcomed us to!
But only One person in all of the universe holds the key to your new vehicle . . .
No matter your credit score or financial standing, he has already made a way 2000 years ago for you and I to experience this new life!
The only question is,
Which key will you choose today?
Therefore, I urge you brethren, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.