You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, 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, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
In middle school, I began “trying on” different versions of who I thought I wanted to be. This was expressed through the clothes, friends, attitudes, values and behaviors I chose. Even as adults we can drift in and out of false identities as we seek to “find ourselves.” Self-drifting can lead to confusion and painfully destructive behaviors.
The Apostle Paul urges us to “put off your old self” and “put on the new self.” This transformation and healing of our souls is not so much about leaving ourselves behind, but finding our true selves again in Christ.
When God created our souls God also created our identities. Paul says we are “created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
What do you think God had in mind for your soul and your identity, at your creation?
How is God helping you find your way back?
When you are finished with your time of reflection, close out this time with this prayer.
Oh God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servants. For Your sake, O Lord, look with favor on this dry and thirsty land. Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of Your great mercy. O Lord, listen! Oh Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For Your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your name. (Daniel 9:17-19)
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