Colossians – To Do, to Destroy, to Dump and to Dress

David continued the series on Colossians and today we read through chapter 3, verses 1-14. There is a gap between our belief and behaviour. Paul and Timothy give advice on how to close this gap, as our identity is in Christ.

SINCE, THEN, YOU HAVE BEEN RAISED WITH CHRIST, SET YOUR HEARTS ON THINGS ABOVE, WHERE CHRIST IS, SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD. SET YOUR MINDS ON THINGS ABOVE, NOT ON EARTHLY THINGS. FOR YOU DIED, AND YOUR LIFE IS NOW HIDDEN WITH CHRIST IN GOD. WHEN CHRIST, WHO IS YOUR LIFE, APPEARS, THEN YOU ALSO WILL APPEAR WITH HIM IN GLORY

We explored two things to do, five things to destroy, six things to dump, and seven things to dress.

To Do:

As said in verses 1 and 2, the first thing is to set your hearts on things above where Christ is. The second is to set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Jesus should have supremacy in our lives. He should be the centre of our lives. Our minds, thinking, and priorities should be focused on the things of His kingdom. To ‘set’ means to have the right perspective, be intentional, and seek after these things.


To Destroy:

PUT TO DEATH, THEREFORE, WHATEVER BELONGS TO YOUR EARTHLY NATURE: SEXUAL IMMORALITY, IMPURITY, LUST, EVIL DESIRES AND GREED, WHICH IS IDOLATRY. BECAUSE OF THESE, THE WRATH OF GOD IS COMING

If we look at verses 3-5, all these aspects of the earthly nature can take the place of God, which is why a strong word is used – idolatry.

We live in a culture that bombards us with sexual talk, images, innuendo, and expression. Therefore, embracing, affirming, and living God’s way – reflecting His values and intentions – is a real challenge for every Christian. As Christians, if we entertain any of this behaviour, we must eliminate it immediately, as it risks creating a serious gap in our relationship with God.


To Dump:

YOU USED TO WALK IN THESE WAYS, IN THE LIFE YOU ONCE LIVED. BUT NOW YOU MUST ALSO RID YOURSELVES OF ALL SUCH THINGS AS THESE: ANGER, RAGE, MALICE, SLANDER, AND FILTHY LANGUAGE FROM YOUR LIPS. DO NOT LIE TO EACH OTHER, SINCE YOU HAVE TAKEN OFF YOUR OLD SELF WITH ITS PRACTICES AND HAVE PUT ON THE NEW SELF, WHICH IS BEING RENEWED IN KNOWLEDGE IN THE IMAGE OF ITS CREATOR

As Christians, the way we speak to others, about others, and around others matters and must be kept in check.

‘The primary problem for most Christians in forsaking vice and developing virtue is not our inability to change but our unwillingness to change’
(Derek Tidball)

To get rid of this behaviour, we need God’s help, but it also requires commitment from our side:

  • Are you willing and prepared to monitor your speech?
  • Do you have a willingness to change?

This is a daily task. We need to get rid of or dump these behaviours regularly so that the trash does not build up.


To Dress:

THEREFORE, AS GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE, HOLY AND DEARLY LOVED, CLOTHE YOURSELVES WITH COMPASSION, KINDNESS, HUMILITY, GENTLENESS AND PATIENCE. BEAR WITH EACH OTHER AND FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER IF ANY OF YOU HAS A GRIEVANCE AGAINST SOMEONE. FORGIVE AS THE LORD FORGAVE YOU. AND OVER ALL THESE VIRTUES PUT ON LOVE, WHICH BINDS THEM ALL TOGETHER IN PERFECT UNITY.

Our identity is that we are God’s chosen people. In light of this, we need to put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and forgiveness. Being emotionally-well controlled is very important as a Christian.

Finally, love holds all of these together. It is a garment we must wear because it holds everything else in place.

Reflection
We need to reset our focus and priorities.
Let’s put to death certain behaviours.
Let’s get rid of inappropriate ways of talking.
Let’s clothe ourselves with love and all other virtues as we are God’s chosen people.
This way, it’s all about Jesus, so that we may walk in Him and close the gap.

Jesima Dawood

Jesima Dawood

Hi, I'm Jesima, and I'm part of the Deep Dive team at Windsor. I started coming to Windsor in 2022. I am an international student at Queen's studying medicine. I enjoy playing the guitar, and in my free time, I'm on Facetime with my family back home! Windsor is like a new home to me, and I am so blessed to have this connection!!
Jesima Dawood
Hi, I'm Jesima, and I'm part of the Deep Dive team at Windsor. I started coming to Windsor in 2022. I am an international student at Queen's studying medicine. I enjoy playing the guitar, and in my free time, I'm on Facetime with my family back home! Windsor is like a new home to me, and I am so blessed to have this connection!!