Monday 4th September 2017
Colossians 3: 5-11 (NKJV)
Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. 8But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
My Mathematics teacher taught me in secondary school about parallel lines. He drew them on the board to illustrate that they have no intersection or meeting point. Paul uses this concept to show the sharp distinction between the old and the new life. The old life is characterized by animal impulses, sensual appetites, greed, covetousness, idolatry, immorality, rage, slander, anger, lying, ethnicity and divisions, etc. (vs. 5-7). Such behaviours expose people to the wrath of God (v. 6).
On the other hand, the new life is expected to be distinctly free from these vices and behaviours associated with the old man. Both lifestyles have no meeting point. The new life conforms to the image of God in speech and character. This biblical standard cannot change over the generations no matter the changing philosophies of men and governments. It is unfortunate that some Christians have ‘imported’ their old, sinful lifestyles into their new faith. Such people might be fervent in fellowships, even zealous in preaching but their character does not depict the life of Christ. This ought not to be so. Are you one of them? Repent today and crucify those old lifestyles under God so that the new life of Christ will radiate through you.
Prayer: Father, may my life cause people to glorify you in Jesus name.