“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.”
There was a great moment in Larry Myer’s Sunday school class this week where our conversation drifted toward talking about how we had experienced God’s light and love in this church when we didn’t necessarily expect to. We are blessed to have such a wonderful church and church family, and I believe Sparta UMC is truly a light in the darkness of this world.
When we embrace a life of following Jesus, God is making us into a new self. It is what we were created to be all along! This year allow the Holy Spirit to recreate you and make you more like God in righteousness and holiness each day. This is how we shine our light in this world. All of us going through this process together, as a church community, is how others will experience God’s love and light when they walk through our doors.
So, take a look at your heart. What vestiges of your old life are still hanging on? Which parts of your “old self” still need to be cast off? Allow the Holy Spirit to begin that work in your heart anew today, so that your light can shine brightly!