Old Self, New Self
On Sunday Pastor Al preached Ephesians 4:17-24:
Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated form the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice very kind of impurity.
But that is not the way you learned Christ! - assuming that you have heard Him and were taught in Him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Pastor Al has been saying since we started in Ephesians 4 that when Paul uses the word "walk" he is talking about how we arrange our lives. Here, he is saying that we should not arrange our lives like those who do not know Jesus.
Those of us who do know Jesus need to remember our calling. Christ is the curriculum, the teacher, and the classroom of the Christian life. He is the subject of all the teaching, the one who teaches us, and we must be in him (Eph. 1) to be taught.
When we have come to know Christ it's important to look behind us at times to see where we've come from. There are other times, though, when we need a self-examination of who we are now, in Christ, to see if we are walking according to our new calling in Him.
The first three chapters of Ephesians are more focused on doctrine, and the last three chapters are focused on practice. The calling of these last three chapters are to arrange our lives around Christ. Make Him the center of all we do, say, and think. To God be the glory.