Take on the Character of Christ

So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it (Colossians 3:1 The Message).

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Paul now teaches a new way to live. He includes family advice and work ethic. A life as Jesus would have it. One Bible commentator makes this statement, “He who is our best friend has gone before us to secure to us the heavenly happiness; and therefore we should seek what he has purchased at so vast an expense.” *

Made Alive in Christ

Believers must keep their minds set on Christ, because their real (spiritual) life is hidden there. Doing this allows us to push aside sinful thoughts (immorality, impurity, lust, greed, idolatry, etc.). In other words, take on Christ’s character in all you do.

Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ (Colossians 3:3,4 The Message).

New Way of Living

Paul reminds us of the simple way to accomplish this new way of living.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Col 3:15-17 NIV).

As we take on our new life in Christ, family is a priority. Paul gives instructions for the family to build love, unity and respect.

Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly. Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged . . .Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people (Colossians 3:18-23a NLT).

Prayer: Father, thank you for my resurrection life with Jesus. Help me live it.

Questions: In what areas do sinful thoughts creep into your new life? As you read Colossians 3, how has the Lord encouraged you about your righteous life?

* Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, Matthew Henry, Zondervan Publishing House, 1060, Grand Rapids, Michigan, p. 1873.

God Embraces Us

It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us (Ephesians 2:5 The Message).

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Paul says we all were apart from God, living our lives anyway we wanted and we let the world form our thought process. Then, God had mercy on those who believe Jesus is the Christ.

Alive in Christ

When we followed the way the world, we were spiritually dead. But we came alive when we accepted Jesus and began to live God’s way. Then, he took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us (Ephesians 2:6 The Message)!

God Does it – Trust Him

Mankind thrives on the thought of achievement – “my achievement” – and we quickly take take credit for any success. But that’s not God’s way. With the mind of Christ, we can regain God’s thinking to employ his tasks – not merely ours.

Saving [Salvation] is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role . . . He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing (Ephesians 2:8,10 The Message).

God, our Creator is acutely interested in mankind, “Anything of spiritual significance that happens in your life will be a result of God’s activity in you. He is infinitely more concerned with your life and your relationship with Him than you or I could possibly be.” *

Prayer: Father, with you in me and I in you…..all things are possible. Thank you for Christ Jesus my Savior.

Question: What does the statement “you have been spiritually dead” prior to accepting Christ, mean to you? As a young believer did some Scriptures seem hard to understand? How does the Holy Spirit guide and help you gain understanding?

* Experiencing God: How to Live the Full Adventure of Knowing and Doing the Will of God, Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King, B&H Publishing, 2004.