My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Out with the old. In with the new. It feels so good to clean out a closet, to move the furniture and get rid of those dust bunnies, and to pull up the weeds and replace the annuals with perennials. Spring Cleaning is refreshing. And it’s a wonderful thing to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead in Springtime. How fitting! Because of his life, death, and resurrection, my life gets a do-over!
My New Self...
1. Changes the way I think. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2
2. Changes the way I behave. Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. Ephesians 4:21-24
3. Changes who is in charge. If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. James 1:5
I love to clean up what’s gotten messed up, and I’m really glad Jesus does too!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you so much for all you’ve done for me! Thank you for defeating death so that you can live in me and make me new and clean. Help me to change the way I think and live everyday by the power of your Holy Spirit. You are great and greatly to be praised, and I’m so glad you live to Spring Clean in my heart. I love you and pray in your name, amen.