“18 They are blind to true understanding. They are strangers and aliens to the kind of life God has for them because they live in ignorance and immorality and because their hearts are cold, hard stones.19 And now, since they’ve lost all natural feelings, they have given themselves over to sensual, greedy, and reckless living. They stop at nothing to satisfy their impure appetites.” Ephesians 4:18-19 The Voice
“22 then you know to take off your former way of life, your crumpled old self—that dark blot of a soul corrupted by deceitful desire and lust— 23 to take a fresh breath and to let God renew your attitude and spirit. 24 Then you are ready to put on your new self, modeled after the very likeness of God: truthful, righteous, and holy.” Ephesians 4:22-24 The Voice
Hopefully you can see the contrast. It is very interesting that this message was for believers. Paul is reminding the believers in Ephesus to shift – leave an old lifestyle behind. Leave an old hard heart behind. Change. Transform. Renew. Choose a new life. Obviously we can’t do this alone. We need to be in a Christian community with a commitment to unity and accountability to accomplish a major shift like this.
It’s not perfect or easy. As believers we have a model in Jesus. We have instructions in God’s word. All we have to do is immerse ourselves in the operating instructions! When we lose our way, just go back and read the instructions again…God is gracious and loving and kind. He never leaves us or forsakes us. Just hang on and keep referring to the instruction manual!