Ephesians 4:22-24, “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.”
When I was a young teen, I had a buddy whose father’s occupation moved him around quite often – sometimes 2 to 3 times per year. Riley could make anyone laugh. He was the type that made friends easily and quickly. One night at a sleep over, he told us his secret. With every move, if he didn’t like who he was in the last school, he would just change. Sometimes he was an athlete; sometimes a band member; sometimes a debate teamer; he simply became a new person.
In a few days, we will begin a new year. It doesn’t take January however to become a new person in Christ; it only takes a willingness from us to start fresh and new in Christ. We are told we can have a new attitude, a new self, and that we have the ability to throw away our former self.
Over the next few Sundays in the church I am privileged to pastor, we are going to talk about starting over; becoming new; getting a fresh start. I hope you will join us online at http://www.thetorch.net or in person. Join us and see what God has to say about second chances, new beginnings, and fresh starts.