Colossians Three: I’m a Real Boy!

Posted: April 18, 2012 in Colossians

I couldn’t help but think about Pinocchio as I read this chapter, though the analogy doesn’t go very far. What I was thinking about were those exploratory steps that Pinocchio took when he realized that he was no longer merely a puppet- he was a real boy! He could walk like a real boy, talk like a real boy, move like a real boy. He didn’t have to behave like a puppet anymore.

Likewise, Paul sends a reminder to the church in Colossae that as believers in Christ, born again through the power of the Holy Spirit, that they could now live in freedom, that they didn’t have to stay trapped in the actions they revelled in prior to their conversion. In fact, he specifically says to put away from us any form of sexual immorality, anger, obscene talk, lying, and others. Put it away, Paul says. Instead, put on the new self, which is “being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.”

Want a fulfulling life? Pursue Christ. How do you do that? By pressing into Him through God’s Word, allowing it to change you, to shape you. Christianity never was, and never will be about the things we can do to earn God’s favor or approval. It was never about rules and things we could or couldn’t do. It’s more about God, and the ability He gives us to know Him, and it’s in this knowledge that He changes us…but it starts with the knowledge. Are you gaining it through diligent study of His Word?

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