I’ve been reading Colossians 3.I had read passages from there but not the full chapter. I wish I could take it verse by verse and give my understanding of it but that would be such a lengthy post. Hopefully it would bless you like it did to me.
Basically, it’s saying that if you have picked up a new nature in Christ, being born again and a member of the body of Christ, there are things you need to do. First is to set your affection and desires on the things above and not on the things on this earth. When you become a new creature your old self dies. How then can you crave for things pertaining to your old self? My pastor took us through the story of the Israelites being rescued from Egypt. God says He’s taking them to a land where they will lack nothing, where they don’t prosper or live good according to their sweat (Deuteronomy 11:10) but they will have His favour upon them and prosper them. They would lack no good thing; God was talking to us as well. If you make the choice to follow Him and be a member of His kingdom, believing and understanding what it entails, we would lack no good thing. We will not struggle neither would we have to live by our sweat. Living by sweat was a characteristic of a fallen man but that fallen man is dead once we accept Christ hence we don’t live by those standards anymore. When we look at the Israelites in Numbers 11, what do we see? We saw people who did not fully understand God’s promise and the Promised Land. Deuteronomy 8 tells us it’s a land of oil, olive and honey. A land where there is no shortage of bread and the stones are iron. I remember when I read it, I said to myself “aye the way I love bread I would have been running towards the Promise Land” haha, but in reality I would have been just like the Israelites still craving for the onions and garlic and fish they ate in Egypt.
” Living by sweat was a characteristic of a fallen man but that fallen man is dead once we accept Christ hence we don’t live by those standards anymore “
We are just like the Israelites, we have been promised all these good things by being in God’s kingdom but because we haven’t seen them yet, we go back to crave the old things God is trying to save us from. It’s at this point where the devil likes to visit us. We are not sure who we are or what we are, we are not sure what the Lord saved us from because we are walking by the world’s standards. He will then be whispering to us ‘where is this Prophet Moses sending you. You’ve eaten manna so much, aren’t you tired? In Egypt, you were eating for free. Yes it was fish and garlic but it had a taste’. Same thing he does to us. ‘ Ah this kingdom of God, is it worth it? In the world you were a cool kid, you were popular and you knew all the songs and all, you could dress too, you had an amazing boyfriend, okay so he didn’t love you by God’s standards but God is someway, His standards are high (same goes for boys) Where is God taking you that you can’t get to with me in this world’. Since we are unaware of our nature and abilities and lack the ability to see beyond what our carnal mind does, we fall for it. We try to be like that middle portion in the simple Venn diagram. A little of the world and a little of Christ. As I was browsing on instagram yesterday, I saw a message from a woman of God. She said you can’t try and fit into the world and fit into Christ as well. It doesn’t work. Somewhere in Revelations, God talks about how he disapproves of lukewarm people. You are neither fully here nor there, hot or cold! God is saying; if you pick my side, pick only mine.
When our old selves are truly dead and our new lives hid in Christ, it’s easy to stay with Him. If you change your mind about your nature, it changes your environment. The verse 5 of Colossians 3 tells us to mortify the members that are still inclined to worldly things. He’s telling us to kill those desires. We need to make a conscious effort to push those forces away because if we nurse them, we’d be lukewarm and most times our desire for the old life will resurface. Good thing about the Kingdom of God is that, it’s not even by our strength. God will give us the strength to execute His will. That doesn’t mean we don’t play a part because we do.
God gives us the strength to tramp over the things and desires of the earth but can He come and stop you from dressing the way the world does? No! Can He make you stop watching those movies and listening to those songs? No! Can he stop you from those evil conversations and thoughts you have? NO! Why? Because though He gives you the power to overcome all those things, He still gives you your will so it’s your place to CHOOSE! It’s your place to WANT to mortify or kill that side of you. The Bible said if you were an unbeliever it’s understandable why you would live that life and want it but you a Christian, a child of the Kingdom. Once you choose God, you choose all of Him. Not the parts that suits you.
Does your old life still excite you? Does the music of the world and the fashion and definitions still appeal to you? Do you agree on the same subject as people in the world? Do you still have the same kind of conversations and laugh at the same kind of dirty and inappropriate jokes. Do you still hang out with people who aren’t interested in your new man or who won’t encourage and help you grow in this new man? Does church still bore you? Do you love the things the world loves? If you answered yes to any or all of these things then your eyes are not on the things above. You haven’t disconnected yourself from that old person who is supposed to be dead. I just want to tell you that you cant fully execute the perfect will of God if you are not in Him 100%. You can’t inherit His kingdom. We can’t expect God’s promises for us if we are lukewarm. It says in Revelations 3:16 that He would spit us out of His mouth if we were lukewarm.
” You cant fully execute the perfect will of God if you are not in Him 100% “
I’m making a decision to mortify my members that are still linked to the things of this world. It’s going to be tough but hopefully with the Holy Spirit as my Help, it’s going to be worth it. I’m tired of being like an Israelite in the wilderness eating manna and wishing I wasn’t rescued and still in Egypt! I want to be an Israelite who is beyond grateful that I’ve been saved from that life that did me no good, that life that didn’t nourish or energize me but drained me. And as I eat manna I shall rejoice and be glad because I know the Lord is changing my taste for something even better. You need to start asking yourself, does this glorify God? Does it push you to want to stay in the wilderness anticipating the Promise land or does it make you want to be back in Egypt for a while. I am embarking on a journey to clean out and disassociate from things that pulls me from being 100% with God and not looking back or having taste for the things of the world. I’m human, not ordinary because God doesn’t make ordinary things but I may slip because I’m not perfect but I’m going to make an effort to pick myself up and keep moving.
Until next time, stay blessed and remember that your old self is dead and your new life is supposed to be hid in Christ. Keep your eyes ONLY on the things above!