2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
– Romans 12:2 (ESV)
Have you ever pulled out a picture of yourself from a long time ago? I mean long enough that there is a clear difference in how you looked then from how you look now. What are some of the things that you notice right away? Is it the hairstyle or the quality of the picture? Maybe it’s the “glamor shots” logo in the bottom left corner? Or do you say something like, “What was I thinking wearing that outfit?” There are a few pictures floating around of me from a long time ago that when I look at them, it’s clear to me that I am not that person anymore and I dress much different. So, whatever you feel about change, when change is that obvious that it causes you to pause and chuckle at yourself, it’s clear that something has occurred.
Last week in the text we were told that the way we learned Christ was that we have been called into the process of putting off the old person, being renewed, and putting on the new person. In Christ, we all have this reality at work within us. Often the change is subtle and at other times the change is significant. But, nonetheless, over time if we were to look at our lives, we should see a different person. In Christ, a change has occurred, and the new person puts on new garments in place of the old. Paul will walk us through some practical examples of how this change takes place and what it can practically look like in our lives.
I can’t wait to dig into this text with you! See you Sunday.
Here is the worship set to help you prepare your heart.
Love you Church,
Myerstown Campus & Small Groups Pastor