Salvation. When the Bible speaks of God saving his people it can sometimes focus on immediate physical salvation from enemies like Babylon or Egypt and other times is focused on spiritual salvation from sin and judgment.
In looking at salvation from sin the Bible often zeroes in on the salvation which we have already experienced (justification), the salvation we are currently living out (sanctification) or the fulfillment of salvation which we await (glorification).
Ephesians 4:17-32 focuses on sanctification. Paul wants us to see how our lives should be different today because we have been made right with God. He wants us to see that being made new means that everything should be changed in our lives.
God longs for us today to have new desires (v.22), thoughts (v.23) and behavior (v.24). He wants to change our desires so that we yearn for things of God. He wants to change what makes us tick. He wants to change the way we think, so that our thought patterns and the way we process life are transformed by God. He also wants to change the way we live, especially the way we relate to people through our words (v.25-32).
God's grace is not meant to leave us where we are but to help us experience today the new life that God has made available to us.
Question of the day: How can you ask God to change your desires, thoughts, behavior today?
God my Father, thank you for making me new in Christ. Help me to live in light of who I am, as a new creation. Transform my desires, transform my thoughts, and transform my actions. Help me to live in a way that follows the ways of Jesus, rather than the ways of the world and my old self. Amen.