Lent 2009 (3) – Get dressed

You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 4:22-24

Paul reminds us that we have to renounce our old way of life. God sees what we are like underneath all our pretensions – naked! He sees behind all the barriers we put up to present an image to the world.

However, we are to clothe ourselves anew. We put on a whole new self. Having peeled away our old self with its lusts – with all those desires which are unhealthy and not focussed on God – we put on our real self.

We can become the person we were created to be; created in the image of God. That is the image God wants us to present to the world. Inside and out we are called to be godly. Let us pray for God’s renewal of all that we are.

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