Colossians 3 urges us to live as people whose hearts and minds are set on ‘things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God, … not on earthly things.’
So, we’re called to:
- put to death what belongs to our earthly nature;
- put on those ‘clothes’ that speak of our true status as God’s chosen people and real home in heaven.
As Christians we’re to turn away from destructive attitudes, words and behaviour including sexual immorality, greed, anger, rage, slander and filthy language. While our lives together will show compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
But that’s not all, for setting our minds on things above will involve us in forgiving one another as the Lord has forgiven us—the word used here means our forgiveness must be gracious and continual. If we’re heavenly minded then the word of Christ will dwell in us richly. God rules through his word, so sin is disobeying the word of God (cf. Gen 3) and hence it’s rebelling against his kingship.
Living as a Christian is living under God’s word; obeying Christ as Lord over every aspect of our lives.
Quite a challenge for our life together as God’s people. How are we progressing in living God’s way? … in living as faithful, obedient disciples of Jesus Christ? As we ponder this week, what has to be especially ‘put to death’? what ‘clothes’ require more outside wear?