‘...you have...put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.’ Colossians 3:9-10 NIVThe verses above in Colossians...At first it sounds a little painful. Who wants to take off their ‘old’ self and put on a ‘new’ self? What does that even mean? Aren’t we told to be ourselves and accept who we are already? Of course we are. But we’re not being told to be someone else. This is a description of how every Christian is being made into God’s new version of ourselves. The best our unique selves can be. So let’s look at Colossians again. ‘But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator’ (Colossians 3:8-10). Okay. Let that sink in. We need to be willing to work through emotions and actions that are not part of us living true to the way God made us. Sometimes, God will strip back the bad stuff really quickly. Other times, though, it doesn’t happen all at once, even when we wish we could kick that habit. ‘Being renewed’ is ongoing. It’s okay that it takes time. In fact, all the time. Ever. God keeps honing us until life’s interrupted by meeting Him face to face. And then, He’ll be interested in what progress we made, rather than expecting us to have got to ‘perfect’. So stick with Him. Keep putting on that new self. What Now? Switch up your outfit. Put on your most-loved garment. Pray through a change that you want God to make in you while you get re-dressed.