Stop walking like an empty-minded Gentile
17 With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused.
Christians are new creations in Christ. That newness should become visible in our behavior.
So how does a Gentile walk? He walks like he has since he was born: selfish, concerned with his own wants and needs, wanting all he can get from the world.
But at salvation we receive a new heart, a new spirit, a new life, a new identity. That new life should display concern for what God wants, what others need, what we can give away, how we can be used to bring others to Christ.
We should be in the process of becoming in our deeds what we have become in Christ.
Romans 12:1-2 tells us how to do this. Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. Be Transformed by the renewing of your mind and prove God’s perfect will.
Sometimes it takes a long time to become Christlike in our behavior because we aren’t consistent in putting off the old habits and putting on the new. (Colossians 3:5-17)
We have everything we need to grow to maturity but we don’t put those gifts of God to work. Our daily habits need to change. We need to stay in the Word, pray consistently and fervently, spend time with Christian friends who tell us the truth, serve others in Jesus Name, learn to hear God’s voice and obey Him.
I had been a Christian for almost a decade before I began to love Scripture. That love is a gift from God but some discipline on my part is still required to keep the fire alive. I found that if I committed to be in Bible study, to teach and to be accountable to others that God, through His Word and His Holy Spirit, would change my walk.
He fills our minds with things that are true and noble (Phil 4:8).
He blesses us with every spiritual blessing (Eph 1:3).
He gives wisdom to all that ask (James 1:5).
We won’t perfectly walk like Jesus walked in this lifetime but we can and should become more of a reflection of Him each day. In Christ we are holy, redeemed, forgiven, reborn, dearly loved, blameless, freed from the power and penalty of sin, anointed, sealed and a partaker of the Divine Nature. Our identity is no longer “Gentile”. It is Christian, child of God, citizen of Heaven, part of the Body of Christ.
Often times I am ashamed that I still “walk like a Gentile” in so many ways but I am very thankful to God that I can look back and see how far God has brought me. He is washing me with the water of His Word (Eph 5:26). He is drawing me closer (James 4:8).
Through the power and fullness of God we progress in that new walk one day at a time.
Questions to Ponder
How do you know if you no longer walk like the Gentiles? (1 John 2:4-6)
Do not walk like the Gentiles; how do they walk? (Ephesians 2:1-3)
Gentiles “think in the futility of their minds.” As a Christ follower, how should you think? (Romans 8:5-6)
Scripture Memory | May | Ephesians 4:15
“Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.”