‘Everything can be taken from a man but one thing, the last of the human freedoms – to choose ones attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose ones own way.’ Viktor Frankl
How often do you stop an ask, ‘what am I thinking.” How often do you consider the choices you are making; are they the ones that are glorifying to God?
Paul, in Ephesians 4.17-18 writes, ‘ Let me say this, then, speaking for the Lord: Live no longer as the unsaved do, for they are blinded and confused. Their closed hearts are full of darkness; they are far away from the life of God because they have shut their minds against him, and they cannot understand his ways.’ (TLB)
Paul has moved on from his discussion on unity to talk about purity, and he says to a church, to people like me and you, you have to change the way you are thinking. God has saved you, now you have work to do, get your thinking right. As Christians we are called out of the world, we are set apart, and we are told to be a holy people a different people.
Paul goes on and uses the metaphor of undressing and dressing; take off those old clothes, your old life, they are no longer right for you, and put on your new clothes. You are a new creation, you are to live in a new way.
The old way leads to separation from God. The old way leads to a lifestyle of immorality and death. Paul generalises, but the truth is that the way of those who no Christ and those who don’t, are fundamentally opposed to each other.
Can we do it? Can we leave our old lives behind? Yes, Paul says, we can. Look at how the Gentiles live, he says. don’t live that. Listen:
Ephesians 4:21-24 If you have really heard his voice and learned from him the truths concerning himself, then throw off your old evil nature—the old you that was a partner in your evil ways—rotten through and through, full of lust and shame.
Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better. Yes, you must be a new and different person, holy and good. Clothe yourself with this new nature.
We must cloth ourselves, do the work, think differently. Look at how different we are to be in verses 25 to the ned. Have a look and put those things away. And how do we do it? Through the help of the Holy Spirit that lives within us, by daily reorienting ourselves to live as Christ asks us to. By daily reading his word so we know the life he wants us to live, and by daily praying for his help and direction.
Can we do it? Yes we can