Athlete, You Are Being Renewed

Colossians 3:9-11

"Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all."

Imagine you are a college athlete (like many of you are) and you still believed (and lived like) a high school athlete. You practiced the same way. You ate the same way. You worked out the same way. You thought the same way. You never grew up or matured. Just stayed the same. What would happen?  

Maybe the early success would give way to mediocrity and frustration? Maybe all those around you would catch up to your ability and skill… even pass you in a lot of ways? Maybe you would just give up and quit?

In these verses Paul is telling us to put on the new self, don’t be the old self, and you are "being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator." (A reference again to the preeminence of Jesus.) These words being renewed mean it is an ongoing process to be transformed to the new self. But the words put off means it has already happened and the words "put on the new self" means you are to do it!

All these things together call us to live out our faith through conduct, action, thoughts, and motives. It is not a one area of our lives that needs to grow, it’s all areas of our lives. Just like an athlete who is transitioning from high school to college, they must transition their whole being and hold nothing back.

Lastly it is important to note that there is no status distinctions among the people of God. No one has special claim on God or is treated with less dignity than any other. If you are a Christian, no matter your skin color, your background, your economic status, or your gender… you are called to be renewed by taking off the old self, putting on the new, and striving to know our creator.

As you go through the day be reminded that you are being renewed but that means you have to put off the old and put on the new. Ask God to continue to show you the ways you are living the old self.

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