“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.” Eph. 4:22-24 (NIV)
We continue to grow into our new identity in Christ as we continue to put on our new self. This new self was given to us when we received Christ. It was imparted to us through the Holy Spirit.
Paul tells us an amazing thing about this new self.
It is created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
There is a sense it which we already possess the righteousness and holiness of God…and there is a sense in which we increasingly become like Christ.
Paul further tells us that this process occurs through being made new in the attitude of our minds. In Romans 12:2, Paul refers to this as the renewing of our minds.
As we increase in righteousness and holiness, we will change the way we think about ourselves, others, and God. Because we were born into a fallen humanity, our thinking is also fallen and requires change.
We all perceive and evaluate our world imperfectly.
Therefore our minds must be renewed.
The first step to renewing our mind is realizing that our minds need to be renewed. The renewing of our minds is hindered to the degree that we believe we are already thinking correctly about God and ourselves.
Therefore, we must develop an attitude of skepticism and humility toward our own thinking and test it against the Bible. If there is any discrepancy, we must allow our thinking to be shaped by Scripture.
This will be difficult for us as physicians. We are taught to practice medicine according to existing scientific evidence and this of course should not change.
But there is a difference between the practice of medicine and the way we live our life.
Practice medicine according to the evidence.
Practice life with humility and a mind open to God’s leading.
Then you will progressively put on your new self.
Prayer: Lord help me be humble and open to Your leading as I seek to become more like Christ.