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Put on the New You! (7 of 10)
In the TV show "What Not to Wear" people are surprised to find out that their friends have recommended them for what amounts to a clothing make over. During the show they are instructed on what might be the best styles, types and colors of clothes for them. They are then sent on shopping trips where they supposedly buy new clothes, taking the advice of the show's hosts. Before the make over they agree to clean out their closet and get rid of all their old clothes. Often they find it difficult to part with some of their old clothes and even when they go shopping at times they fall back into their old patterns and buy clothes similar to what they just threw out.
In Jesus Christ you are given a complete spiritual make over. God makes you new. You have been reconciled to God, forgiven, your past is wiped clean, you have a new life and a new power to live through God's Spirit in you. And yet we're still works in progress and it's easy to fall back into familiarity. We have attitudes and habits from our past, some inherited and some learned, some good, some not so good. And it's easy to pick up those old bad habits like well-worn clothes that we just can't let go of.
But God wants you and I to understand our new identity and live out our new life in Christ. He wants you to lay aside "your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life," you old self which is "corrupted," and He wants you to "put on the new self, created after the likeness of God" (ESV). He wants you to "Put on the New You!"
I. The Old You (What Not to Wear) (4:17-19)
Paul says to believers, "you must no longer live as the Gentiles do" (v.17). Paul says, these are things that you as a believer need to abandon. If you had to describe in a word the unsaved Gentile world it would be the word "idolatry." Idolatry which is the worship of empty gods characterized the unsaved world then and now (cf. Rom. 1:18-32) ...
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