Children of Light Part 2 – The old way of life
“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your mind because of your evil behavior” – Colossians 1:21
Today we talk a bit about the old way of life, life that can be termed as darkness. There are things that should no longer be on our radar once we give our lives to Christ. Relationship with God puts us in a new environment – 2 Corinthians 5:17
We had a certain way of life before we accepted Christ into our lives. Understand what the bible is trying to tell us in Ephesians 4:22, we had a certain code of conduct, a certain perspective, there was a way we thought or acted before Jesus saved us. It paints a contrast and that contrast is, God’s standard of living is different from the world’s standard of living.
The bible is also saying that we have a part to play in laying aside this old way of life. It uses a phrase “put off”. But I thought Jesus having saved us took care of that. Well, just because Jesus saved us does not mean the devil is not going to try to pull us back into the dirt we came out of. Just because we were saved does not mean temptations cease. The cleansing process is a gradual process and the bible is trying to remind us that we have to constantly bring to mind the things that identify us with our old self and stay away from it.
Falsehood, anger, unwholesome talk, bitterness, rage, slander, brawling, malice and the list goes on.
This is a truth we must never lose sight of and let’s not fall into the popular trap of “it’s ok, God understands and he is merciful so I can keep living the way I used to”. It is called the old way of life for a reason, God doesn’t want us living that way and that is why he sent Jesus to not only save but empower us to resist the old way of life. Have you ever wondered, why does God go through all the trouble and sacrifice to save us and be ok with us living the way we used to before he did. Surely he saved us from that way of life because we were heading to death and destruction. If living in sin was okay, Jesus didn’t need to come.