Putting on the Jesus suit

Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. And don’t sin by letting anger control you. If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Eph. 4:24-29

Whether we choose constructive or destructive behavior we might feel like fakes because it is impossible to reconcile the new nature Christ gives us with our old habits and impulses which still seem like our real selves. Putting on the nature of Christ is more like a skin graft than a suit we can take on and off when it’s convenient. As we follow Christ and make choices based on his nature, even when we aren’t feeling it, we do begin to feel more comfortable and authentic in our own, new skins.

Lord, help me to do what You would do and to feel like doing it.