Driving in town today I was reminded of something funny that continued to take place when I visited England.
After flying 11 hours we were greeted by our driver who would be taking us to our host home. We crammed our luggage into the back of the car and in his pleasant English accent he suggested I go sit upfront in the passenger seat. So I did just that. I went and stood by the passenger door waiting for it to be unlocked. He came up and I could tell by the look on his face something was wrong. Do you know what it was? I was at the wrong door. Yes, that’s right, I was actually at the driver door. You see, I was in a new place and they did things differently than what I was familiar with in my own town.
In my exhaustion and unfamiliar territory I automatically did what was ingrained in my mind to do, by habit.
You would think by the end of the 7th day I would have learned, but it happened again a few more times until finally on the last day I didn’t find myself at the driver door. It is a funny story to me now, but at the time I kept thinking why can’t I get this simple thing down?
The same thing happens to me spiritually.
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us we are a new creation. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new is here!” That is some very exciting news. The old is gone, the new has indeed come. But…. for me at times, I revert to the familiar of the “old”. And when I find myself tired or out of my comfort zone sometimes the old ways just happen to me, I gravitate to them more easily.
Ephesians 4 says to put off your old self, the old ways, old thoughts. Paul continues on to say get rid of these things, the former ways. These things are bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice (revenge).In Galatians 5 the list is sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy drunkenness, orgies, and things like these.
When I am in a God groove walking in the “new” is much easier, but when my defenses are down, I am tired, worn out, that is when the old self will be more likely to show up without me even knowing it. That is when I find myself wanting to sneak back into the drivers seat, instead of the passenger seat!!
Oh Lord, help me to have you in the drivers seat and continue to rid myself of the “old” me as you fill me with your thoughts, your ways, your fruit of the Spirit.