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Imagine Daily Devotion Day 6, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

By Pat Nagel in Trinity Lutheran Church about 1 year ago | 765 views

By: Pastor Charles Mueller, Sr

Scripture Reading 

“and put on the new nature (the “new-Christian-you”), created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness…”
– Ephesians 4:24


Did your “old you” change when you put on a “new you”? Or are you still in the process of changing?


When I left home at 13 to begin training for the ministry at St. John’s College in Winfield. Kansas I was headed for what would be dormitory life more or less on my own. One of the last things my dear mother said to me as I was heading to this new experience was, “Don’t forget to save a white shirt for Sunday”. She assumed I would be going to church and that heading to church I would always wear my “Sunday best”. St. Paul said much the same when he told the Ephesian Christians that when they came at the life in Christ (which is what much of Ephesians is all about) they should ask themselves, “ Does what I do as a Christian reflect the old me, or the new? Paul suggests that anyone unsure of the right answer should verify how, over the arc of history, God consistently acted. Imagine that.

At 13, I knew that there was more to honoring God than always saving a white shirt to wear when going to church. But my mom’s advice was a “new you” minimum that I understood then and still understand today. Her “new me” approach to life had an eye out for conduct that reflects an understanding of the life in Christ that on a par with that of some newly baptized New Guinea aborigines, less than a generation removed from cannibalism. A missionary friend told me about a recently converted New Guinea tribe that had been attacked by an old enemy. They were preparing to retaliate by returning to their head hunting practices of the past when one in their group cried out. “No! We can’t do this anymore. We’ve been washed. We are now Jesus people.” They were stopped from revenge by remembering their baptism. Imagine that!

That’s not all that surprising. The love of Jesus that enveloped me in the water of baptism and through the Word makes me want to scrap the “old you” threads of the past and dress up in my” new Sunday-Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Saturday-best”. Imagine that!

Just imagine… what God could do through us if you put on a ‘new you’ and reflected God’s holiness in the world.


At every stage and circumstance in life we are faced with dressing up for what we are called to do. Will we settle for “Sin-day” normal or instead pull out from life’s closet our “Son-day” best. And what might be the difference?


Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for loving me and giving us Jesus as our Savior from sin. Help me me to reflect that love to others today and always. In Jesus,name, Amen.


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