What we Do and what we Are

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”- Colossians 3.1-17

There is so much going on in our world, sometimes it can be difficult to keep your focus on the right thing. Keep your mind set on things that matter.. Heavenly things. Look forward to what is to come, and share with others what Christ has done in your life. This passage scares me just a little bit, honestly.. Because how often are we, as believers, walking in the ways that we should be putting away? Anger, wrath, malice, slander, obscene talk, lies… Yikes. Had any of that lately? I know I have… The thing is, we are not perfect, nor will we ever be. But I know someone who is, that will empower us to steer clear of all those things… Do not allow yourself to fall into such a routine walk with the Lord, that you forget just how great a gift He has given to you. Jesus died for you, He freed you form all sins, and now you are able to walk in His light, letting go of your shortcomings, regrets, and weaknesses. Christ gives grace (Romans 3.23-34), which covers all of those things. With the power of Christ in us, put on the following: Compassionate hearts, Kindness, Humility, Meekness, Patience, Forgiveness, Love, and Peace.

Sounds easy enough right? This stuff is hard guys. But it is possible!!

With His help.

I want to challenge you this week to purposefully seek after Him, and to allow Him to begin to work these things within you. Live out what He has called you to do, and Be who He has called you to be.

Love you guys! Ellie