Colossians 3:1-5 & 8,9
Colossians 3:1-5 & 8,9: If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices.
I am finding my daily journey deep into God’s Word utterly confronting. Each day I am challenged and am learning so much about right and proper living as a child of God.
Recently I have started to fully realise how much I need to ‘put to death’ within my own life, practices and approaches that through reading the Bible, God is really challenging me to deal with. And when it says ‘Put to death therefore what is earthly in you’, in Colossians, it is saying the world, its practices and approaches no longer has any power over me. I was chatting to a close non Christian friend recently who knows how to get me angry, for some reason he was in a foul mood and wanted to drag me into the mud, so he was pressing all the usual buttons, trying to get an angry discussion going. And what happened was amazing: I just looked at him, smiled and said, ‘You ok?’ Whereas in the past I would have taken great offence at his rude provoking comments, they had absolutely no power at all with me, and I was free to love him in is obvious pain. And that came directly from drawing close to God. How glorious is that!
And there is more in my life where practices and attitudes need to be put to death, the power taken right out of them, so I need to remain committed to journeying closer to God through His Word.
And I do this in part by seeking ‘the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.’ This ‘seeking’ is to desire, to inquire and ask questions. So I remove the power out of those personal practices and attitudes that are plain wrong in the eyes of God by really wanting to find out as much about God and what it means to be a follower of Christ. Ask questions!! Read, listen, write and desire.
Rather than my heart being filled with desiring after earthly things, it should be filled with a desire to learn about Jesus. Wow.
So I guess my question for today: is my heart full of a desire to learn about Jesus? Or are there things in my heart that I need to get rid of? In seeking after Christ, those earthly practices become completely powerless.. yes!!
God bless ya,
Rev Mark Brown
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