“The world wants to understand what newness in Christ means through the followers of Christ.”
“if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,
and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” – Ephesians 4:21-24)
Living as a new man requires a new mindset
God had designed that those who accept Jesus should conform to His image. This will require a new mindset from all of us who have come to call God our Father. When you received Christ, He recreated your spirit – the real you- and made you a new man; so you have to put on this new man and reject the ways of the old man. This was why we were told to come to Christ as we were but God does not expect us to remain as we were.
“When you received Christ, He recreated your spirit – the real you- and made you a new man”
“and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him” (Colossians 3:10)
The call to newness requires deliberate self improvement which can only be driven by a new mind filled with God’s words and God’s ways. Many people would want to improve themselves but simply do not know what to do or how to go about it. Some take it as their New Year resolutions but the desire often ends as a failed project. Improvement has basic characteristics but it certainly must leave you better than you were before.
It’s Strictly Personal
Self-improvement should be a personal project. It is about you and the way you would love to be and it’s not about anyone else. There may be demands from your workplace or relationships that you become better but the onus falls on you to change your life, enjoy the blessings and expect new opportunities.
“Self-improvement should be a personal project. It is about you and the way you would love to be and it’s not about anyone else.”
Follow the best standards
God’s word contains the best standards for self-improvement. You should follow the best standards because you are expected to advance. Improvement has to do with a personal vision that you have about yourself to make progress. It is difficult to improve without a personal vision because you need to know the things you do that are hindering your growth and success, where you are headed and how to get there. As you read God’s word, you will learn the highest standards. Inside good books, you will also receive direction on what to do and learn from the experiences of people who have fought and won the wars that were against their newness and well being.
“God’s word contains the best standards for self-improvement”
Focus on your goals and not on people
Self-improvement is not really about other people; it’s about you. However, depending on the areas of change that you are working on, people should begin to notice positive changes in your life. People who knew you should be able to notice these changes in the way you speak, behave and work. As long as you are putting in persistent efforts to change your words, emotions and attitude – the outward – the changes will become visible sooner than you think. You should focus on being different in obedience to God’s word and for your own good and the good of people you would love to impact.
Let the new improved you answer the door
Relate with the world through the new improved you. In other words, endeavour to practice newness day in and day out. The new man is to live to the praise of God’s glory; so people should see that God’s word is bringing change in your emotions, character, words and behaviour. It must not only be a church-environment kind of change but change that the whole world can see, admire and seek to emulate. Let your light shine everywhere.
“Relate with the world through the new improved you.”
Don’t be deterred by people who resist positive change
It may take time for some to accept the need for self-improvement in their own lives but you continue with yours. To some people it may sound like an indictment if they are asked to improve. Such erroneously assume that the call to improve is saying they are not good the way they are. Therefore they need our compassion. They require our patience and empathy until they can see the need to engage in self improvement and attract growth and blessings into their lives.. As soon as such people begin to notice admirable changes in us, they will begin to seek for self-improvement too.
The world wants to understand what newness in Christ means through the followers of Christ. Be challenged to live as a new man in Christ and provoke them through the good results that you will exhibit as benefits of your self-improvement. I am doing the same where I am.
Say: Dear Lord, thank You for Your word. Lord, I ask that you quicken me to change my desires to match with Your exceedingly great and precious promises in Jesus Name, Amen. Thank You Lord.
Make peace with God:
Say: Lord Jesus, I thank You for laying down your life for me. I repent of my sins and confess with my mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in my heart that God had raised Him from the dead, I am saved. Jesus, be my Lord and personal Saviour. I rejoice because God is now my Father, Amen.
Have a great day!