A New Way To Be Human
3 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
The Passion Translation
3 Christ’s resurrection is your resurrection too. This is why we are to yearn for all that is above, for that’s where Christ sits enthroned at the place of all power, honor, and authority! 2 Yes, feast on all the treasures of the heavenly realm and fill your thoughts with heavenly realities, and not with the distractions of the natural realm.
3 Your crucifixion with Christ has severed the tie to this life, and now your true life is hidden away in God in Christ. 4 And as Christ himself is seen for who he really is, who you really are will also be revealed, for you are now one with him in his glory!
The moment you said "Yes!" to Jesus. Your Life forever, dramatically changed.
Chapter 3, Paul presents a new way to be human. A total and complete reordering of our lives. Everything changed...
- Our Lives
- Our Homes
- Our Business
How do I live in two overlapping worlds?
Paul’s answer: Through a New Way to Be Human.
1) Something to take off
a) My Stained rags of sin
Vs 5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
b) My Selfish mask of Shame
Vs 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
c) My Splintered Self Made Sects
Vs 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all
Quarantine - a period of 40 days, time of detention or isolation imposed upon ships, persons, animals, or plants on arrival at a port or place, when suspected of carrying some infectious or contagious disease.
Jesus - 40 days of isolation in the wilderness
Children of Israel - approximately 40 days from Egypt to Sinai
“I have removed most of your idols to help you return to Me. However I left the internet as a test to see if you will value being connected with Me greater than being connected to world.”
- Richard Crisco
Could it be that the Lord has allowed a quarantine to take off (delete) those things that are diseased, decaying or dead?
If this quarantine was an opportunity to throw off those non-essential things...what will stop us from returning to Egypt and gorging ourselves on those things that are dead to us?
What does return to normal really mean? Is that what you want to go back to?
2) Something to put on
So robe yourself with virtues of God, since you have been divinely chosen to be holy. (Col 3:12).
Essential - absolutely necessary; extremely important; fundamental or central to the nature of something or someone
Put On The Essentials:
a) Christ’s Character
vs TPT 12 So robe yourself with virtues of God, since you have been divinely chosen to be holy. (Col 3:12).
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 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.
b) Christ’s Charity
14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
c) Christ’s Commands
16 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.
In this quarantine we've been asked to only do those things that are ESSENTIAL.
“I was willing the change forms to reach you, are you willing to change forms to reach others?”
The world in front of you does not look like the world behind you
YOU CANNOT BE THE SAME, THINK THE SAME, AND ACT THE SAME IF YOU HOPE TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN A WORLD THAT DOES NOT REMAIN THE SAME.
Finally, Paul answers the question…How do we live in these two worlds? How do we keep essential, eternal things in focus.
17 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.
Do it all in and for Him!
They Way I live my life becomes Worship
The Way I treat my spouse becomes worship
The way I raise my kids becomes worship
The way I honor my employer or employees becomes worship
What do I need to take off (Delete) today?
What do I need to put on (Add) today?