Read Ephesians 4
Focus on verse 22-24
When the Nintendo company came out with the Nintendo Wee machine a few years ago, it was one of the first video game systems that came with an fairly complex process by which users could create their own avatar, which Nintendo called the “WeeMee”. I was impressed by the cleverness of this concept, not just that each player could have their own avatar, but the cleverness of it being call a “wee” (small) “mee” (self). I was also amazed at how one could customize the wee mee to look surprisingly like the player whom it represented if one desired to do so. It was almost as if I could build this little digital mini-me of myself, which I could then control in a new virtual world on the game screen.
In today’s reading Paul reminds the Ephesians, of how they had been made new in their relationship with Christ.
…to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (v. 22-24)
This is a creative picture of how the life of a follower of Jesus is transformed. The old self – which is controlled by selfish desires is figuratively put to death as we are “crucified with Christ” as we submit the control of our desires to the control of the Holy Spirit. The new self that we put on in place of the old self, is that which conforms us into the image of Christ, so that when God looks at us He does not see our sinful old self, but the new self that looks like Jesus.
As we learn to walk in this new self, we continue to gain more Christ-like qualities, and lose more of the old self characteristics, causing a noticeable transformation of our character.