Colossians 3 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. And I absolutely love how Paul starts Colossians 3:
How do you act like it? Let’s break down Colossians 3:1-8.
If you are a believer, yay! Your old life no longer exists. You have a brand-new life. Christ is your life. And if you’re serious about this life, act like it. Set your mind on things above. Not on what’s happening down here on earth. Not looking at things on Pinterest all day (guilty!). Not spending a whole Saturday on Netflix. Not following celebrities’ lives. It’s not that those things are bad, it’s not that you should ignore them, but that you should focus on heaven.
When those things take up a lot of your time, when they become a distraction, that’s when they can become harmful to your relationship with Christ. They can keep you away from spending time with Him, from seeking what is eternal. Because, you know, we’re spending the rest of our lives in eternity.
We need to learn about God, about the place we’ll be in, and about what God’s plans are for us, among other things. We need to spend time reading God’s word, and not only reading it, but meditating on it as well. How can you prepare for the place you’ll be in for the rest of your life if you don’t read the guidebook? Spend time with God, reading his word, meditate on it, think about it. Apply it to your life. It will help you grow. Make time for it. Don’t let earthly things get in the way of your growth as a Christian.
How do you grow?
I think these verses sum up that question really well. Stay away from what hinders your growth. Stay away from what was part of your old life. Out with the old.
You can’t live a holy life when you are doing what you were doing in your old life. You know better now. I love how Lauren DeMoss from The Full Time Girl puts it:
If you are a Christian, act like it. If Christ is in your life, act like it. You are not who you were. The old you is dead. The habits that characterized your old life don’t exist anymore. You’re holding yourself to new standards. You view your life in a new, different way because you have a new, different life. Set your mind on things above.
You are not who you were. Act like it.
What are your thoughts on Colossians 3?
Written by PI Girl Gaby
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