This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Daniel Grant.
This is my absolute favorite passage of scripture, both for teaching and for application to my life. Colossians 3 is one of the best prescriptions for Christian life and attitude I have EVER found.
Paul’s exhortation begins by setting our perspective twice: “1 seek those things which are above,” and then “2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Our perspective matters, and it needs to be set daily!
Paul sets up an epic contrast between the people that we used to be and the people that we are to be… We are to put to death the old ways of the flesh “fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” And put off “anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.” Paul masterfully sets this list of our old way of life against the new ways of life “12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another” He ties in our motivation which is love – “the bond of perfection” He reminds us to be thankful, and sing from our hearts to God (that’s good news for those of us who can’t carry a tune;)
Lastly, he reminds us of the relationships that we are in and what our responsibility is in each of those. Paul’s summary here of good Christian living is needed for us to re-calibrate our lives around what God has called us to do, and what God has called us to let go of!! Do some Godly re-calibrating this week!