Spiritual Reupholstering

Put on the new man which was created according to God. – Ephesians 4:24 

When we moved into our home 5 years ago, we discovered that the former owner had left us six dining room chairs. They were covered with fabric of beautiful African art—tasteful zebra stripes. We appreciated the unexpected gifts and used them frequently when entertaining guests.

When we recently moved again, those chairs needed a makeover to match our new décor. So I called an upholsterer and asked, “Shouldn’t we just put the new material over the existing fabric?” He responded, “No, you’ll ruin the shape of the chair if you just put new material over the old.”

The work of God in our lives is similar. He’s not interested in merely changing our spiritual appearance. Instead, He intends to replace our character with what is called “the new man,” made in the image of Christ (Ephesians 4:24). The flesh has a tendency to perform religious activity, but this is not the work of the Holy Spirit. He will completely transform us on the inside.

But the process is a partnership (Philippians 2:12-13). As we daily lay aside our old behaviors and replace them with godly ones, the God of grace works in us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

God wants to reupholster us.

Dennis Fisher 

Dear Lord, You’ve given new life to me—
A great and full salvation;
And may the life that others see
Display the transformation. 

Hess

When you receive Christ, God’s work in you has just begun.

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