This week we are reading from Colossians 3:1-17.
There is something powerful about understanding what it means to say ‘yes’ to Jesus and asking Him to be Lord of over our lives, we take on a new identity. It is not just about knowing it, but our minds must be renewed (Romans 12:2), and our lifestyle conformed to the new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). We would have to be intentional about this as we see from this weeks’ Bible reading, with phrases like ‘set your mind on things above’, ‘put to death sinful earthly things, ‘put on the new nature’, ‘put on love’ and ‘let the word of God dwell in you’…you get the sense that there is action required on our part. It is not automatic, but the Lord is so gracious that we have been gifted with the Holy Spirit to help us along this journey of transformation (John 14:16, John 16:13).
People are often quick to remind us of who we were, what we did or if you slip up it is as if there are people ready and waiting to accuse you of being the same. Then you feel guilty, start to believe some of those things they identified you as and think you just to need to accept it as being part of you but that is a tactic of the enemy to stop you discovering and living out your new life in Christ. A child of God who knows who they are in Christ is a threat to the devil.
‘Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator [God] and become like Him’- Colossians 3:10 NLT
So, what are some the ways in which we can renew our minds and become more Christ-like:
- Set aside time to read the Bible. To find out what it means for us that Jesus lives in us, it will take commitment to learning and studying the word of God. 1 Corinthians 2:16b says “…but we have the mind of Christ”, that is a powerful truth to be aware of, but it is no good to me if I don’t know what that looks like. I can do this by studying the life of Jesus. Perhaps this could be a starting point for you, read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) or the book of Romans. Perhaps using a devotional guide to help the habit might be for you.
- Watch your words. The Bible teaches that our words have creative ability and that the tongue, though small has great power to build or destroy (James 3:6). Jesus said, “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34) so what is in our hearts, what we believe or what we meditate on will come out in our words somehow. Find what Jesus says about you in His word, believe it in your heart and speak it over yourself. There is power in confession.
- Think about what you are thinking about. Often thoughts, if left untamed can take us down a dark path. It is quite liberating to know that it is possible to train your thoughts. Yes, a thought will come but you decide to meditate on it or not, Philippians 4:8 teaches us what a mind of Christ meditates on.
‘May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer’ – Psalm 19:14 NLT
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