“Inside of the Cup!” (Matthew 23:25)

“…put off the old man…and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him” (Col. 3:9-10).

We have lived in our house for about 30 years. Looking back on those years, I can say it’s been nice, but it has also been a lot of work. More accurately, the work is constant! Whether it is just weekly stuff like vacuuming, cleaning, patching holes, painting, minor repairs that I can do, as well as repairs by professionals.

Then there is outside the house and the grounds. Planting, pruning, watering, weeding, weeding, and weeding some more, staining fence and deck, repairing and re-staining the fence and deck over and over again. Did I mention scraping the house and painting it, at the risk of my life? Then there are those occasional staggered upgrades: shingling the roof, siding, carpets, windows, kitchen cabinets, sinks, tile, etc. and etc.

Have I mentioned the word…work and constant? Now take a short walk with me into your/our personal worlds. I won’t even talk about the “upkeep” on my body.  Sheesh…talk about work!  Every part of me is wanting to sag. It is a lot of work keeping my body in the top physical, buff condition it is…LOL. But if you’ll walk a little further with me, let us go into “our interior world”…the soul; the world of mind, will, and emotions. This is the area that gets the least attention by people because worldliness pressures focus on external as in “image is everything baby.”

But this interior world is where the work of Holy Spirit is prioritized. Hence the phrase above “renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him” and many words like it: forgiveness, reconcile, repent, regenerate, recover, restore, etc. In keeping with the flow of this comment, the constant work of the believer is putting off the old man and putting on the new.

Commercial time: Self-Confrontation, the course being taught on Wednesday nights, is focused on this very thing “renewing our interior world,” our souls…welcome!

Pastor Mike