Letting go?

Re: Verse reading–Ephesians 4:17-32, 5:1-20 (day seven)
“That in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self. . .and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self.” (4:22-24)  The “Jesus revolution” may be a bit more demanding than popular theology suggests.  “Let go and let God!” people are quick to tell us.  Paul’s words indicate more effort/struggle/courage.  Lay aside!  Be renewed!  Put on!  Three verbs.  All imperative.  All commands.  True, Paul will later tell us to “forget what is behind” (Philippians 3:13)  That almost sounds like letting go.  He will follow, however,  with “REACH forward for what lies ahead” (same verse above)  Your experience here?  My own confirms that the new life takes root and bears fruit in the heart that is convicted to do what is necessary for the Lord’s moral will to be accomplished.  Sounds like work!  Sounds like grace!  I’ll see you at church in a few hours!

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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