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Friday, October 11, 2013

Life in Christ

"So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

3-4 Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.

5-8 And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. It’s because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger. It wasn’t long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.

9-11 Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ.

12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

15-17 Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

18 Wives, understand and support your husbands by submitting to them in ways that honor the Master.

19 Husbands, go all out in love for your wives. Don’t take advantage of them.

20 Children, do what your parents tell you. This delights the Master no end.

21 Parents, don’t come down too hard on your children or you’ll crush their spirits.

22-25 Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work." Colossians 3 from The Message

 
I love Colossians chapter 3.  My Bible titles this section as "Rule for Holy Living."  This chapter is a great reminder of how we are supposed to live like Christ.  A few things that stand out to me in this chapter...
 
3:2 -  Set your mind on things that are above, not on the things that are upon the Earth.  It is so easy to look at all the THINGS that we have (or don't have).  We often get caught up in making sure we have what everyone else has.  A nice car, the latest clothes, the newest gadget, the most toys for our kids.  And we worry about what everyone thinks about us, how to they see us, how we appear to have it all.  Instead of worrying about all that crap, set your mind on things that are above - on your Heavenly Father and the treasures we are storing up in Heaven!
 
3:7-8 - Rid yourselves of the life you once walked in.  I don't have just terrible things in my past but I know there are still things that I know better than to do.  When you gave your life to Christ, did you really change the way you walked in your life? 
 
12 - Clothe yourself in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and paitenance.  Be content with where you are and what you have.  Let others see that sweet kind spirit in you. 
 
13 - Forgive as the Lord forgave you!  Think about how many time we have failed and let Him down.  And he forgives us every single time we fail!  People are not perfect and they are going to hurt you and let you down... especially those closest to you.  Forgive them time and time again.
 
15 - Be Thankful!! This goes back to verse 2.  Be thankful for what you have. Don't worry about what everyone else has and wish you had that.  Instead of wishing for other things, be thankful for what you do have.... I guarantee you that the peace and joy you find in what you have totally outweighs the big house the stay at home mom down the street has!
 
18 - Subit to you husbands!  I really struggle with this one.  I like to be in charge and like things my way... doesn't everyone?  But the Bible tells us several times that we are to let our husbands be the leaders and we are to submit to them.  Sometimes this may require biting our tongue and just saying okay.  Sure, they are supposed to love us in return and I believe the more we learn to step back and be that submissive supportive wife, we will see our husbands learn to love us as Christ loves his church.
 
21 - Do not embitter your children.  Encourage them and lift them up.  Praise them when they do good and encourage them to be the best they can be.
 
22 - Work Hard.  Do your best even when no one is watching.  Don't just try to look good in front of your boss or other co-workers but sincerely do your best.
 
17 and 23 - Do it for the Lord ... not for man!  Both of these verses say in whatever you do.  Every little thing you do wether it be taking care of your kids, your job, helping at church, giving to the needy... do it for the Lord.  Do it with all your heart!
 
I am not a Bible scholar and really not very good at interpretting scripture and relating what it means but I just like to use these verses in this chapter to just give me a little reminder of how God wants us to live for him in everything we do.  It reminds me that He is the important one that we should be focused on working for and pleasing... not the others in this world!  We should turn from that filthy, worldy life and walk with Christ.

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