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.Ephesians 4:22-24
The most important decision anyone will ever make is if they are going to follow Jesus and become one of his disciples. After that comes the difficult task of allowing our old habits, or our old self, to die. I know when I first decided to follow Christ my old habits were hard to give up. It was so easy to fall back into my old routine. I had to allow the Holy Spirit to come and change my daily habits. I was no longer a citizen of this world but had gained citizenship in heaven. I had to stop looking and acting as the world around me did.
Over the past few months, I have looked around me and seen some of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ acting according to their old self. We have all had moments where we placed our hope in a politician, a vaccine, or a something else to give us hope and help us explain what is going on in our lives. All of us who are disciples of Christ need to stop, ask forgiveness, and repent of our misplaced trust. By doing so, we will allow the Holy Spirit to come in and renew our minds so that we can shine the light of hope of Jesus into a dark world that needs a savior.
Take some time today and ask God to show you where you have misplaced your trust or hope. How are you going to live as “the new self” and show that “the old self” has died?