At the end of Though You Slay me- Part 1, I ended with the encouragement to renew yourself every day. I also said that I would follow up that post with Part 2 that would let you know what you can do to actually make that happen. It sounds obvious, but if you don’t know how to make things better all you can do is acknowledge the need for it to become that way. Am I right? So what exactly can we do to renew ourselves daily?
First, you have to understand that this is not a one-dose spiritual vaccine that offers a lifetime of protection. This is something that most be done daily for you to renew daily. You cannot watch a television that is unplugged today simply because it was plugged in yesterday. That isn’t how it works. In order for the television to turn on, it must be plugged into a source of power. It is the same with renewing ourselves. We must be daily plugged into the source of power for the renewal/recharge to take place.
New Living Translation (NLT)
“10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.”
In order to be renewed daily, you must learn to know your Creator and become like him. It is a two part process.
- Learn to know your Creator – you must daily be reading from him, about him, and for him.
- Become like him – simply gaining knowledge isn’t enough, you must be in the process of changing to be more like him.
The way you learn to know your Creator is by reading your Bible. It really is that simple. I know that life situations and schedules can be tough to manage, but the only way to get renewed daily is by exposing yourself to the Word of God- and no, that doesn’t mean using your Bible as a pillow and hoping that osmosis will work in your favor.
Step 2 requires further action on your part. You see, just gaining knowledge about the Bible isn’t good enough. You might be a champion at the Bible category in Jeopardy, but without your intentional changing to become more like your Creator, your knowledge is a source of dangerous pride and complacency.
I liken this to a kid getting muddy while playing in the yard after a thunderstorm. The kid can sit in front of the garden hose, stare at the garden hose, and really hate being muddy, but without taking action to turn the water on and rinse himself off this kid will stay dirty- unable to come inside and satisfy his hungry desire for the freshly baked cookies in the kitchen. Mom absolutely will not allow that filth in her house and no amount of his frustration will change that. If he wants the cookies, he must make a change.
Does the knowledge of what the garden hose can do help this kid if he is unwilling to take the steps necessary to turn the hose on? Without his willingness to take these steps, the water is not going to come out of the hose to wash away the mud.
So it is with us spiritually. The mud of life- disappointments, labels, accusations, hurts, fears, etc.- will not be washed away and replaced with joy and peace without our willing and intentional change from where (and who) we are into something that much more closely resembles our Creator.
Just remember, reading the Bible and making the decision to become more like God today is only good for today. You must do the same tomorrow and each day after.
New Living Translation (NLT)
“2 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.”