“To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires.” – Ephesians 4:22
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Out with the old, in with the new?” It is a phrase we often use when replacing something. Before we can bring in what is new, we must remove the old. That is what Paul was discussing with the new believers of Ephesus in Ephesians 4.
Yesterday, we looked at how God says to “walk worthy” of the calling He has given us. So, the question becomes, how do we do this?
Paul shares with the people of Ephesus (as well as with us now), that as believers, God doesn’t just tell us to “walk worthy” of our calling, but Paul shares with us the HOW TOs of walking this new walk.
The strategy Paul gives is basically the quote from above; Out with the old, in with the new. It starts by taking off your former way of life. Ephesians 4:22 says, “To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires.”
He tells us that if we are going to walk worthy of the calling we’ve received in Christ, we’ve got to experience a wardrobe change. We’ve got to take off the sinful and strained garments of our past and we’ve got to put on our new spiritual wardrobe which allows us to live the life God has called us to live.
If you want to experience a change in your life and walk worthy of God’s calling, it starts with taking out the old. You must first remove the things of your old life, the things holding you back. There is no room for those things anymore.
God has called you to a new way of life, and in order to bring in the new, we must be “out with the old!”