“You were taught… to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self.”

Ephesians 4:22-24a

I’ve recently had both knees replaced. The surgeon gave me a manual beforehand outlining the details of the surgery and what it would take for the whole procedure to be successful. I read it carefully and worked hard to follow the instructions. The result, I’m happy to report, is two new titanium knees that function very well. But without faithfully taking medications, doing therapy, and exercising or resting appropriately, I doubt that the report would be as good.

Paul is showing us in the book of Ephesians what our new creation in Christ should look like. Zero in on the phrase “be made new in the attitude of your mind.” This happens because Jesus Christ dwells in us, and as we meditate on Scripture and His life, we begin to walk in step with how He would respond to others. The focus of our living is to honor and obey Him.

My new knees are keeping me in step with a busy life. But a new attitude of the mind will keep all of us aligned closely with the Lord who is renewing us to be more and more like Him each day.




Scripture Focus

Ephesians 4:26-31

Insight

Carry on as a student or disciple of Jesus, being guided in the pursuit of having “the mind of Christ” (see 1 Corinthians 2:16).

Bible In A Year

  • 1 Samuel 9-10
  • Psalm 124
  • 2 Corinthians 2-3