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Eph. 4:22-24 Changed by Jesus

posted May 22, 2020, 8:43 AM by Jacob Boer

"You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness."

I have a friend who laughs at me for being a follower of Jesus and a pastor. He has said to me a number of times, “You Christians, you figure you can do everything I do as long as you go to church on Sunday, when it’s convenient, and then tell your God that you’re sorry. What kind of commitment is that to something you say is supposed to be life shaping?”

Unfortunately, I can see where he’s coming from. Jesus has always asked for our whole life, for a complete giving over of our lives to him. He even tells us to count the cost before we choose to follow him. True repentance as a follower of Jesus is a daily commitment to saying “No” to ourselves and “Yes” to Jesus, asking Jesus to use us to be a blessing wherever he leads us each day. This takes faith, trusting that Jesus knows what is best for us and that in following him, that we are becoming who God has created us to be. Thankfully, unlike my friend, I get to see and walk alongside so many of you whose lives have been changed by choosing to follow Jesus and allowing him to shape your lives and hearts!

Q. What is involved in genuine repentance or conversion?

A. Two things: the dying-away of the old self, and the rising-to-life of the new.