If…

I want to begin a little series on Colossians 3. In order to help me meditate on scripture I want to write about it.

The subtitle of the passage reads “Put on The New Self”. IN the first few chapters of Colossians Paul is writing to the church or believers in Colossae. They were trying to learn what it meant to follow the gospel and it’s implications to live vastly different than the social norms and customs.

Pagan religious festivals of partying and focus on self was the norm. False teachers tried to blend their social coustoms with the new found faith in Christ. The Colossians were struggling with separating the two.

These struggles are not much different than ours today. We struggle with the world and what it says is “right” and it’s ways of instant gratification. There is a battle that is much more than just our flesh and blood. It takes place inside with our new nature and our old nature. Which one will win out? That depends on which on you feed more.

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4

This speaks of our new life verses our old life. It is so hard to stop doing something you have been doing for a while. We have picked up bad habits as a result of our sinful nature. We continue to struggle with our old habits and ways. Unfortunately this will not go away anytime soon. But we can learn to control these sinful desires with the proper adjustments in our lives.

If, and this is a big if. Because it changes everything. If there is no if, then there is no new nature. There is no desire to change and that desire to change is what the Christian life is all about.

One of my favorite quotes is by John Ortburg from his book The Life You’ve Always Wanted is “the goal of the spiritual life is transformation”.  This is what its all about. God takes your old nature and through Jesus Christ and the message of the gospel, you are being transformed into the New Man.

Think on that for today.

Has the “IF” happened in your life? What can you do to begin to change today. Focus on Christ and his will for your life.

Transform!

That’s all for now,

Bp