Could you imagine what this world would look like if we took Paul’s word from God and lived it out? It is saying forget about what we would normally say or do and let the Spirit of God fill our lives so much that He speaks through us. We are called to be different people after we accept Christ and we need to act like it. Living the same way and acting the same way we did before Christ doesn’t make you a Christian. Accepting Christ into your heart and knowing you have to change and then changing does.
Colossians chapter 3 verse 5 says, “So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.” The key to that verse is the phrase, “…have nothing to do with…” It doesn’t mean sometimes or when I need a break or but I work hard and deserve these things, it means have nothing to do with them.
When we are filling our heart with the Spirit and learning there is nothing better in life than getting to know Jesus more, then we start to change and our heart feels the Spirit and we let Him lead instead of ourselves. Verse 7 says, “You used to do these things when your life was still a part of this world.” We are citizens of Heaven and we must remember what we are told in verse 11, “In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are Jew or Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and He lives in all of us.”
“Christ is all that matters.” We need to open our hearts and know that we are “new” getting rid of what we did and being an example of what a Christian really is and that is someone who professes belief in and follows the teachings of Jesus Christ. The keys are: believers and followers, let’s be different so the world sees the difference. Amen