Clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 4 :24
For people who have lost a great deal of weight, it is a pleasure to go shopping and to buy things in smaller sizes. It’s even more satisfying to put on those new, smaller clothes and go to places and events where, we know, people are noticing our new look. Eating healthier and reaching a sensible weight not only benefit us physically, but emotionally and psychologically as well. It’s the same when we have a new relationship with God, with Christ. Something about us has changed; we can feel it and we know it shows. Others can see and sense it too. Perhaps we smile more. Maybe we seem to have a new peacefulness about us. Perhaps we’re kinder, more inclined to listen and to focus on others.
If God has been at work in your life, let it show. Be as proud of your new spiritual self as you would be of a newly toned and fit body. Showing your new self, ‘created according to the likeness of God,’ will not only make you feel better, it will be a witness to God’s love and power.
©Carol Dean Henn
Carol Dean Henn of St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, PA