Semi-Truck Gospel

put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self…

Ephesians 4:22-24

There was a boss at a big company who had an employee that constantly showed up to work late. The boss told his employee he had one more chance, but if he showed up to work late again he would lose his job. The very next day, the time came for the young man to begin his shift and he was nowhere to be found. The boss repeatedly called and texted him with no response. Finally 4 hours later the employee arrived at his work. His boss, clearly baffled, asked “why in the world are you so late? I told you this was your last chance.” Being a fair employer he allowed the young man to explain himself. The employee began explaining that he was on his way to work when he got a flat tire. He started trying to fix the tire on the side of the road when he dropped the spare tire. The spare tire bounced off his foot and began rolling across the three lane highway! He hurriedly explained to his boss that he had to run out after the tire so he could finish changing the tire. He exclaimed, “After I bent down to pick up the tire I looked up and a semi truck was barrelling towards me, and without even slowing down hit me head on!” His boss had a confused look on his face before he slowly responded: “If you got hit by something that big you would look a lot different right now.” Ephesians 4:22-24 explains that we should look a lot different if we have been hit by God’s “semi-truck gospel.” The good news that Jesus came to Earth and forever paid the debt we owed is a big deal- a big enough deal that it should change us. To “put off our old self” and “put on the new self” means that we need to daily put away who we once were (dead in sin, unworthy, and unrighteous) and live as a reflection of God’s saving grace (alive in Christ, loved, forgiven)

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