Ephesians 4:17–24 (ESV)
The New Life
17 Now this I say and testify
in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have
become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put
off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
When we are baptized, we take on a new life. Instead of living according to the ways we used too, we now live a new life for Christ. We are to walk as Jesus, not walk in darkness. Of course all this
fluff I am writing is easy to write, but it is not so easy to put into practice. When we were not a Christian, we did not live to please ourselves, but we lived to please Satan. Now you may say, hey... I didn’t live for Satan! My answer
is yes you did, you just probably didn’t know it. Well, how could I if I didn’t even know that Satan existed? Well... when it comes down to it, you are either for God or against God. If you are not living for Jesus, your living
for Satan. I know that this sounds harsh, but Satan wants to redirect you away from God. Whether it be directly to Satan, or simply redirecting you back to yourself. If you are living for yourself, you are not living for God. Whether
it be for science, family, work, fishing, football, money, ... it’s not for God. As a Christian, our focus is on Christ.
I pray: O Lord, help me to keep my eyes focused on you and not get
side tracked on other things. Help me to keep everything in the right priority, but you are the top priority. Amen.