Renewed! – Part 4
“… [You] have put on the new self. This is the new being which God, its Creator, is constantly renewing in his own image, in order to bring you to a full knowledge of himself.” (Colossians 3:10 GNT)
The apostle Paul told the Corinthian church that he knew his physical body gave in to stress and strain and was gradually deteriorating, but he didn’t get discouraged because inwardly he was being rejuvenated every single day. It’s obvious that not every Christian can make that claim. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be so many people walking around month after month and year after year, grumbling and depressed. Yet Paul went through much more than many of us go through and he was ready to go wherever God led him, even if he sensed that danger awaited him there. The question is, Paul, how did you get renewed each day?
God provides the means for us to be made strong and rejuvenated in our spiritual being day by day. Not only has he washed away our sins, forgiven us and saved us, but now as we live here on earth, he says, “I’m not going to leave you to yourself. I’m going to give you food to eat and water to drink to sustain you.” God’s Word is bread, and we can eat it by reading it and meditating on it and letting it get into our hearts. “Your words were found,” the prophet Jeremiah said, “and I ate them, and your Word became to me the joy and the rejoicing of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16 NKJV). Without the Bible every day, we will get weak and run down, end of story. You may say, “But I love the Lord!” You will still run down. “But I’m in the choir for fourteen years!” It doesn’t matter. You will get weak spiritually without the Word every day. “But I’m too busy!” If you’re too busy to eat spiritual food, then you’re too busy!
Some of us look strong and well-dressed on Sundays, but I wonder what would be revealed if someone were to take an X-ray of our inner being. If we just take in junk food that pleases the senses, we’re going to be weak when the enemy and temptation come instead of being strong in the Lord. We’re going to be weak because our inner person is being starved without the proper nutrition.
Notice how Paul lived: one day at a time. That’s the only way to live the Christian life. Does anybody sit down for a meal and say, “I’m going to eat such a good meal, that I won’t need to eat for the next ten days”? No, nobody does that. We need food every day, and we need spiritual sustenance each day as well. Then we have to open our hearts and say, “Spirit of the living God, come like a river in me, because I’m dry. I know you helped me yesterday, but today is a new day. I need some new rain in my soul; otherwise I’m going to get parched. I’ve meditated on your Word, but now I need a touch from you, God; not for the next thirty years, but for today, for this moment. Please minister to me, Holy Spirit. Jesus sent you so I could be renewed everyday.”
By doing that, we are made brand new in our inner being, just as Paul was. We become young; we’re made strong and vibrant; we’re ready to fight the good fight and run the race that is set before us!