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Fullness in Christ

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Colossians 3: 1-17 (MSG) – So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. 3-4Your 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. 5-8And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. It’s because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger. It wasn’t long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk. 9-11Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ. 12-14So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. 15-17Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

Instructions from above – Paul described here what it means to live a new life. A life changed from the inside out. We can’t help but think about how our culture would lead us to many directions of how to live a life. Just being human is never enough. Living the way you want to live is not enough. Even the simplicity of what it means to be “nice” is still not enough. Since we have been brought into a new life, our reality is of heaven, dead are the earthly things that used to control within us, and we are to be wrapped with the gifts of the Spirit. 

When someone says “I am living the life,” generally most would assume that it’s the good life – life full of success, material things, and other worldly comfort. Another take on this is a response that it is just a matter of perspective which is to live the life we as humans want to live. Because we have a choice, and there is freedom in Christ, as the people of God, there is only one kind of life worth living for – THE life that shows we are the people of God. So are you living the life

Responding to the transmitted message: As we reflect on our daily living our natural response would be guilt with confusion – how can we still not be living the life that we ought to live by? Let’s turn from this corner, praying that we remember the encouragement that we have been raised to a new life and no longer depend on ourselves for righteousness.  Be refreshed as you receive His forgiveness and grace; may this pour out exactly in your everyday life!

A Different Kind of Free

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

“Be careful what you ask for, you might just get it!”

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Old School - New School

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Not-So-Secret Ingredient(s)

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Gluttony-Full

Monday, March 16th, 2009