This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned 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 4:17-24)
Growing As A New Person
Change is what makes the Christian the unique person he or she will become. Life is described as a walk or a manner of acting. The attitude of heart will determine the way we speak, dress, react and carry ourselves in life. Everyone has a character that defines who they are and what they are. Paul describes a life that is filled with a futile approach of living regarding only the pleasures of the flesh as important. The world is filled with ungodliness as the hearts of men alienate themselves from a relationship with the Creator. Ignorance fuels their desires blinding them from the truth of righteousness. Living for the moment and lusting after the lewdness of fleshly pleasures is all the world can think about and live for. This describes the mind of the person who is not in Jesus Christ.
The Christian does not live like the world if he or she is committed to a relationship with God. Knowledge has brought the individual to see the path of righteousness as the only means of hope and happiness. Learning about Christ opens the heart to a world of forgiveness, compassion and purity. The sad reality of the world’s view is that it can only see the present. For the Christian, life is not confined to the here and now but the hope of a world that is beyond the grave. Everything in this life will grow old, corrupt and fade away. The deceitful nature of lusts is it only satisfies for a moment. Learning about Christ takes the heart of the Christian to a renewed spirit that lives for righteousness and holiness. A new man emerges from the dross of earthly despair rising to a change in character as a child of God.
Growing as a new person is a metamorphosis of the heart from darkness to light. A new man evolves from the darkened world of emptiness to an eternal hope of the presence of God. This growth is a process of daily change. It takes time in the word of God learning the wonderful blessings of His grace to bring about this change. One of the keys to a new man is to see a change take place. If a person obeys the gospel of Christ and years later is still the same person, they have not become the new man. There is a noticeable change that will take place in the life of the one who removes the cloak of worldliness and clothes themselves with the garments of truth and holiness. The former conduct is gone. The new person is created in accordance with the image of God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Change can be hard. It will take great determination to mold the character into a new man. Attitudes that were a part of life like lying, stealing, filthy language and immorality are renewed into a spirit of gentle speech, forgiveness, benevolence and kindness. Learning about Christ changes the heart to become better husbands and wives and knowing the importance of teaching children about God. The new man is a person who works more faithful in their job, presents a better character in the community and leads by example the life of a Christian. They are changed people. A new man comes from an old man. The Christian works daily removing the image of the old man that grows corrupt with the image of the new man that walks in love, in the light of Christ and walks in the wisdom of God’s word. Change. It is what makes the Christian become what he or she must be.