Scripture for Today: Colossians 3:9-10 “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”
I loved living in France and seeing the old next to the new. Side by side the old looks older and the new looks newer. Pictured here is the beautiful Louvre in Paris, built in the late 12th century. The pyramid looks much more modern and new having been built in 1989. For me the contrast is striking! But in fact, the pyramid has started to show signs of aging as well and the French government has had to do some renovations to keep it looking new.
Today’s verse talks about the old and the new for the believer. We have both going on at the same time. Although we are a new creature in Christ (II Cor. 5:17) the old self is still hanging around. As long as we live on this earth in the flesh, we will always need the reminder in these verses to “lay aside” or “put off” that old self. And as for our new self, we can count on a continual renewal. Our new spiritual selves are continually being renewed by Christ Himself though His Word.
As I look towards this new year, I can be confident that my new self is being restored and renewed by Him. Every time I lay aside that old self, I am cooperating with Christ’s renewal in me. Every time I choose to obey Him rather than having my own way, He is bringing me closer to His image. Slowly, He is renewing and transforming me to be more like Him!
Thank you Lord, for Your patient steady work in me!