You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put of your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; Ephesians 4:22-23
In the business world, people are expected to change, to increase in their abilities to be the best in their field of expertise. Corporations are always giving training on how to be better on the job. Changes are made to improve production and sales.
In order to make the needed changes, people must be willing to change their old habits and mindsets.
As Paul is giving instructions on how to live as a believer, he tells the people that they have been taught to put on their old sinful self by having a change of their mindset.
At the moment a person chooses to believe in and follow Jesus, there must be some change in his life. If there is no change, then the belief is made pointless and of no value.
Too many people have chosen to follow Jesus without changing their lifestyles. They want to have the best of both worlds, sin and heaven. This comes from thinking that sin is good or cannot be stopped.
Believers who have chosen to allow God to rule in their life will be given the ability to change. God’s Holy Spirit will come into a person and change their mindset to one that is like God’s. They will learn to hate sin as God hates it and then choose to flee from it. They will choose to put off their old sinful self so that they may live a holy and righteous life unto God.
Until a believer changes his mindset, he will be unable to live a holy life unto God.
If you have chosen to believe in and follow Jesus, you are a new creation. Allow your mind to be changed. Your old mind lived in sin and was dying. Learn to hate sin as God hates it, so that you will flee when temptation comes your way, as it will.
Renew your mind so that your thoughts and attitudes will be those of God. Live your life as Jesus lived His. With God this is possible. He has called you to live a holy and righteous life and has provided everything you need in order to live that life.
Change your mindset and live for God.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to make you a new creation in Jesus; that your mind will be set on God’s ways; that you will live holy and righteously as Jesus did; and that you will think, speak and act as Jesus did.