“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” said Apostle Paul. Indeed, we are a new spiritual person in Christ with every spiritual blessings showered upon us. We are called for a purpose far more meaningful than we could ever imagine with our mind. Are you walking everyday in light of your calling?
17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of[d] the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. – Ephesians 4:17-24
Human mind: Our mind plays a vital part in spiritual journey and it is renewed when we are in Christ. We are given the capacity to think differently than the thoughts of natural human mind in relation to God. We live in a world where human mind is celebrated across all areas of life. It is so powerful but without Christ it does not give any value for eternity. It can know a lot of important things of this world but cannot grasp the things of God. It is darkened in the understanding of God because we are alienated from the very life of God due to sin. Sin hardened our heart making us repel away from God. Without Christ, we live in the futility of human thoughts focusing on the temporary things of this world.
In Christ: Christ broke the bondage of sin from our life. We are made to be a new creation who can know God and live in a personal relationship with him. In previous chapters, Paul talked about the wonderful things God has done for us in our personal life as well as with relation to others in the Church of God. He chose us before the foundation of the earth, redeemed us from the bondage of sin, made us his children, sealed us with his holy spirit and placed us as a member of his body. What an amazing blessing to be able to connect to God and his children functioning to fulfill his purpose!
Renewed mind: Are we living everyday with a renewed mind realizing these truths? Paul wrote this letter to Ephesian church who were in Christ but he asked them not to walk in old ways. When we walk in this world, many times we get mixed with the priorities of this world and of God. Think about a typical day from your life, Are you walking in light of God’s truth or based on worldly thinking?
We are living in times when it has become a norm to live certain way of life to fit into society. Are we compromising and yielding to the thinking of of human mind? you see, world system offers to fulfill lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life. It can be divisive and made to look normal and a way of life. Scripture says we cannot serve two masters, we cannot love both the things of this world and of God. Do we have same value, goal, motive, priority?
We cannot be the light Lord wants us to be if we compromise. If we are in Christ, we are called to be a new person who recognizes this truth each and every day to live a victorious life. Yes, we are not perfect but we have power in Christ to overcome. If we submit to him and ask, God will strengthen our inner man with power through his spirit and renew our mind with his word to focus on Christ and on our calling without conforming to the world. Let us ask ourselves if we are really walking according to our calling in Christ?