'...Put on the new self, created to be like God...' Ephesians 4:24 NIV
There are times when God's laws seem ludicrous to us. It's probably fair to say that some of them seem beyond human ability. Like, 'be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect'.
But perhaps that's the point. In Jesus you have a new, different self, and when you surrender your own ability to 'do' Christianity, you 'put off your old self...and...put on the new self, created to be like God...' (Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV).
Is this still true even when you have to grit your teeth and really force yourself to obey God's laws, past your first instincts? Yes. Living by God's laws will become your instinct with time (read Romans 6:17). It's like when you're coming around after a deep sleep. It takes a while to remember who and where you are. With time you realise you are a new person.
Christian speaker Arthur Burt said, 'I knew a man who always said "Keep looking down," "You mean keep looking up, don't you?", "No! No! We are seated together with Christ in heavenly places!"' As Christians we are no longer our old selves. We're new, and we're already at home with Christ and His laws, even if it doesn't feel that way just yet.
So what now? Next time you have the impulse to react in the usual negative or half-hearted way to a particular situation, stop, look down... remember your new self - the one that instinctively sees things from a heavenly perspective.
SoulFood: 1 Chron 7:20 - 9:44; Luke 12:13-21; Ps 119:17-24; Pro 20:22-24