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.
To seek means to attempt to find. When you seek something you don’t accidentally walk up on it. You are intentional about going out of your way to find whatever it is you are seeking.
As we go through this world there are plenty of things that are laid in our path. The things that hold us back spiritually, bad relationships, bad examples, and bad choices. We don’t have to seek them out they are a plethora of these opportunities all around us. They scream at us “here I am pick me!” “You know you want it” “so they talk bad about other people, it ok to be their friend” and many other things that in our heart of hearts we know we should stay away from.
So we don’t have to seek the things of this world they are hurled at us daily.
Last time we talked about, IF. If changes your eternal destiny. If changes your outlook! So you no longer look for the things you already know are wrong you begin to seek the things of Christ. It is a process that does not happen over night. It is a slow gradually change that only occurs from intentional effort on your part to make good decisions.
A few things that will help.
- Bible reading… Here is a plan.5x5x5-Bible-Reading-Plan
- Prayer…how to have a holy hour
- Christian relationships.
- Seek accountability
- Be humble
- Pray for each other
- Put others first.