Have You Changed?
"You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator." - Colossians 3:7-10 NIV Not too long ago I got a phone call from an old friend. It was a pleasant surprise. We spent quite some time catching up on life and relationships, careers and old hobbies. Over the course of that next hour, I simply couldn't believe I was talking to the same kid I once knew. I was amazed by just how much my friend had changed. Once a pretty rough character, with a rebellious spirit that affected just about every aspect of his life, he now sounded like a man truly tempered by life. Then again I'm sure becoming a Navy SEAL will do that to just about anyone. As I read today's passage my conversation came flooding back. This time with a question that I could not shake; a question for myself. Did you sound like the same kid your friend once new or did you sound like a man tempered by Christ? In putting off our old flesh and following hard after Jesus the scripture indicates that everything about us should change. From old habits of sin to the way we speak, our past is to be gone and our present renewed day by day. I want to encourage you to ask yourself the very same question. Do you sound like the person you were before Christ or do you sound like one tempered by the very Jesus that saved you? Questions to Consider What are some of the things people might say about the old you? What would they say about you now?