GOOOOD MORNING GUYS!! I hope you all had a great weekend, I know I enjoyed spending some quality time with my friends and family! Today I will be continuing with my short series in Colossians 3… let’s dig right into it!
Sooo, the main topic of today is putting our sin to death. Putting whatever controls us, negatively defines us, or is a way for Satan to touch our lives to death is so important, and is necessary as Christians to do so.
Colossians 3:5 says:
“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry”
These sins that belong to our earthly nature can hold such a toll on our spirituality, and it is so important to set ourselves free of this nature. We need to kill our desire for “it”, for it leads to death. Death physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Jesus did not die for you and me to be sinned against, but to be served. We cannot fully serve Jesus until we give up the sins that define us and take over our life.
It is completely expected of us to sin- but it is also completely expected of us to escape of that sin and give it to God. We all struggle, but it is how we deal with our struggle that sets us apart from the world. A true Christian should never be comfortable in habitual sin. We should be hungry for what God has to say about our struggles, and when we fall into temptation, look to Jesus.
Colossians 3: 7-10 talks about how we used to walk in the world of sin, but now we are renewed in Christ in a new life..
“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”
When someone is in Christ, their past/ who they are doesn’t matter. God washes away our sin and sorrow and makes us new. (BTW y’all should totally listen to Broken Vessels by Hillsong Worship!)
Everything in life always comes back to Christ. What we do, what we think, and who we are is a direct reflection of Jesus.
Because of Jesus, how we live today is completely changed.
When I was younger, I really struggled with pride. In elementary school I was a bit advanced compared to the other kids, and took great pride in my accomplishments. I remember showing off my high math and reading levels, and at that point in my life, I let that be what defined me. When I found Jesus in 3rd grade, I realized that my academic scores are not what defines me, but Jesus is the one who holds my worth and identity. Growing up, as I became more involved in the church I was exposed to more things that can identify me. Sports, friends, family, and life events can easily be the source of our identity, and it is important to fight that temptation.
Satan knows that we are letting Christ be our identity, and absolutely hates it, and that is how other sin falls into our life that can take over who we are. Followers of Christ are constantly challenged by spiritual warfare, and it is so stinking important to be deep in our roots of faith to have God defend us in times of need.
I know this is short, but I hope and pray that you will be challenged by this post to give up what defines you, and let Jesus be your identity!
I hope y’all have a great week, and make sure you come back on Thursday to hear Raegan’s post!
Love you guys!