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. – Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV)
Have you ever stopped to consider how many masks you wear on any given day? As adults, many of us have learned to put on various façades depending on who we are around at that moment. By the end of the day, we leave ourselves and others confused about our true character. If we are not careful, we will loose touch with the unique one of a kind person who God created us to be.
An enormous amount of money is spent each year on counseling in order to help individuals who have been weathered by the storms in life to get back in touch with those unique characteristics. A life quest for many is to put off the old nature. Although it is good to put off the old, if it is not replaced with a new nature then the individual is left with an empty vacant spot.
Although façades are actually frowned upon, there is actually one time when it is permissible. It is permissible when one is in the midst of making a decision if he or she should obey the commands of the Lord or not. To the contrary, if mankind only did what is right when it feels good, right responses would be few and far in between. In Ephesians we are told to make a conscious decision to abandon the old way of thinking and acting and clothe ourselves with the new until it becomes second nature.
Lord, I thank You for Your Word that instructs me on the way I should respond to situations in life, regardless of how I feel. I won’t treat a right response as though it is a skill to be had but as an attitude in order to succeed. Today I commit to living according to the spirit until it becomes innate.