READ: Ephesians 4:17-24
- The call to redeem your hands (stop stealing) and reclaim their original purpose (work) comes in a context where the Why is clearly expressed. Such a call to a transformed approach to work is not based on the needs of others, nor the absence of social programs, but in the context of being a changed person. We “no longer walk” (v17) in the old ways because we are no longer the same person. We have been “renewed” (v23) and now are a “new self” (v24) who looks like our creator (v24).
- Since God has engaged us in the process of becoming more like Him, actually, returning to our original created condition, we are to express that through a life that reflects the One in whose image we are made. The list of negative words is long: futility, darkened, alienated, ignorance, hardness, callous, given themselves, greedy, impurity, corrupt, deceitful. The old way is a really bad way…a really, really bad way.
- The good way is…well…good. New, created, likeness of God, righteousness, holiness, all words that ring with beauty, attractiveness, positive feelings, newness and hope. Our lives are different and can manifest that differentness. The power of God to change a life is incredible. Thieves become benefactors. They call that transformation…life change…conversion…amazing.
- How has God taken an old part of your life and made it a new, contributing way of life?
- Why do you think stories of life change are so powerful?
- What’s your favorite story of transformation?
PRAY: Thank God for the changes He’s made in your life. Pray that you are open to continuously change. Seek God’s newness in your life.