Today we will see how Paul tells the people to take off their old ways, their old selves and put on their new selves they have become in Christ.
20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Paul is reminding the people of the drastic change that took place when they came to know Jesus. They no longer are the same people, they are new creations. We too, who put our faith in Jesus are new creations. We no longer have to satisfy the desires of our flesh, but can be empowered by the Holy Spirit to satisfy the desires of God. The “deceitful desires” Paul is referring to can come from our own hearts.
The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?
Our own hearts deceive us because they often want to fulfill the desires of our flesh. It is the selfish desires of our heart that get us in trouble – the wanting what we want, when we want it, how we want it and why we want it. It is the desire to please ourselves versus pleasing the Lord. In putting off our old selves and putting on our new selves we are in Christ. We are exchanging our desires for His, our will for His, our plans for His and our timing for His.
When you look at your past week, whose plans are you fulfilling – your own or the Lord’s plans for you? Are you trying to please Christ or yourself? Are you waiting on His timing or are you taking matters into your own hand? The way you answer these questions will help you see whether you are living the life you had before Christ or if you are living into the new creation you are in Christ.
We make choices every day to please ourself and follow our own desires or to please the Lord and follow His desires. The more time we spend in the Word and in prayer, the more we grow to love the Lord, the more we desire what He desires.