Ephesians 4:22-24 , “That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness”.
Human life is like a rolling ball continues to spin sometimes ran ran left sometimes right, one point is above, is under the immediate, predictable sometimes running, sometimes also difficult to predict. And life continued to run without stopping, only death that can stop human life.
So many people wanted her life can be so successful. Various kinds of self-development efforts carried out so that human life is significant change to meet success in life. And in Christianity there are several ways to do so that human life is experiencing significant changes:
First, decide that the old ways.
Verse 22 … says: “That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man.” The Apostle Paul wrote this verse is addressed to the life of the church in Ephesus from idolaters to the totality of his life the old man that is a wrong way of life where they are still double the Lord with the worship of idols in the temple of Artemis.
Artemis is a goddess of ancient Greece, and worship are performed against a very hysterical, they have a priest who issued a thundering sound and dress like women and they have thousands of women priests who become prostitutes devotion, they worship with music with dance and shout and roar up to the people doing sex party is hard to describe, and chopping their own bodies and to worship their gods in their temple prostitution.
Human life is now not the same as the Ancient Greek life but materialism (desire for wealth and goods with little interest in ethical or spiritual) and consumerism (the ideology or lifestyle who regard luxury items as a measure of happiness, pleasure) also mammonism (love of money, the pursuit of worldly wealth) have become the idols of modern human life.
Because of that, how long or desires for success in the ride by misleading lust that will direct us to the greed of desolation should we leave behind.
Second, change our mindset.
Verse 23 … says: “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind”.
Spirit or spirits (Hebrews רוח read: ru-ach) is a third element that make up human life. Paul says that man consists of three elements: body, soul and spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Elements of the physical body is a manifestation that we can touch, also called the soul lives in the blood, while the third element is the spirit that gives human consciousness. Physical body may perish, but the human spirit is eternal.
The renewal of the spirit include circumstances in which our spirits are in the process of communion with God that is not dotted and sustained in prayer, praise and worship conducted at any time or times specified in the worship of God.
In various religions and philosophies, the soul is the part that is not physical (immaterial) of a person.
Usually believed to include the mind and soul personality, very happy devil wear our body such as: eye in all desires, our hearing with things that are not good, mouth with dirty sayings and slander to rob the soul, mind, our personality to be dragged to destruction, but God loves us and He often wore the human spirit to admonish through conscience that brings the soul, mind and personality in safety.
After human death, then that will be included in the judgments of God is the human soul, not the spirit or the body, because the human spirit is the breath that gives back to the breath of life and the human body will return to dust, who lives a soul that will go to the creator.Therefore, the Apostle Paul reminds us that we must change our mindset, our actions must take is to step in communion with God, renew our minds with positive thoughts that are pleasing to God.
Third, put on the character of Christ.
Verse 24 … says: “And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Speaking of the new man means that we will strip off the old man, old man mean men who no longer fit for use because it is not pleasing to God, , where the old man was full of lust that is misleading the desires of the flesh.
In the Book of Galatians 5:19-21 says: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
God is the Holy One, and as human beings who have been newly created by the will of God in in righteousness and holiness we should pursue the fruits of the spirit are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, because there is no law against such things (Galatians 5:22) . This is the picture of the character of Christ that we must wear replace our old man character.
God is more interested in us than what we do and God is more concerned with our character than our deeds.