Sitting with the Shepherd
Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, (Colossians 3:9-10 NKJV)
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16 NKJV)
Coming out of the darkness that we were in because of our past, and the sinful condition that we were born in requires that we get completely honest. Comparatively speaking we need to change into a whole new set of clothes as we put off the old man and put on the new. In his letter to the Corinthian Church the Apostle Paul calls the old man the outward man and the new man the inward man. This can be misleading because just as the character of the old man permeated our entire being so the character of the new man needs to do the same. When David wrote in Psalm 51 that God desires truth "in the inward parts," he was speaking of where the truth originated, not where it was manifested.
When a person is truly being transformed by the renewing of their mind, the process encompasses their entire being. It is a misnomer when a person claims that their religion or relationship is a private matter. Jesus Himself said that to hide our new man from view would be like trying to hide a city under a basket, which means that it would be totally impossible. When Christ enters our life as the Person of the Holy Spirit the change in us will be blatantly obvious. One of the most evident characteristics of a transformed life is the fact that we stop being intentionally deceptive or lying to one another. Once we truly get honest with ourselves the natural progression is that we get honest with each other.
Putting on the new man is not an matter on our part of trying harder, but it is accomplished by allowing the Holy Spirit to have His way in our lives. The Bible assures us that if we walk in the Spirit, or allow ourselves to be controlled by the Spirit, we will no longer fulfill the lusts of the flesh. In other words lying to another person will no longer be our natural inclination. We will be free to live as the new creation that God created us to be.
But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God). (Galatians 5:16 AMP)
Questions for Personal Reflection or Discussion
1. In what way is putting on the new man like changing our clothes?
2. Where does the transformation process in a person take place?
3. How is life transformation accomplished?
Father God, the renewal that You are doing in each believer is indeed a good work that You have begun and promised to complete. I confess that I am too often the one that hinders that work by allowing my old man to rise up from the grave and show himself in my actions. Grant me the presence of mind to recall throughout the day my need to surrender completely to You and to allow Your Spirit to accomplish Your good work in my life. Amen