Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. (Colossians 3:9-10 ESV)
We hear often of Jesus’ finished work for us, the Father’s work through us, and the Spirit’s work in us. These are among the greatest truths upon which a person can dwell. Hear David’s longing for these things as he pleaded that God would create a “clean heart” and “renew a right spirit” in him (Psalm 51:10). Learn from Paul that in Christ we are a “new creation”, and that “the old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18a).
Indeed, we praise and worship Jesus for His blameless life on earth and beautiful love on that dreadful cross. Spiritual life always begins with a move from the throne of God, always. Even our profession that Jesus is Lord is a direct result of the Spirit’s working in us (1 Corinthians 12:3).
But read Paul’s words to the church in Colossae carefully, “seeing that you have put off the old self…and have put on the new self” (emphasis added). Yes it is God who performs the work of creating new life in us and through us, but it is also our great joy to respond to that work! It is our delight to press into Him, with our minds made up, that we will put on that new man and throw off the old. That we will stand resolute and firm in God’s calling of us to life, light, and His mighty kingdom.
Respond in joy, press in with delight, and put on your new self with intensity and passion.