Reflecting God: Colossians 3:1-3

Do you know what your purpose is in life?
What is your life’s focus?
Are you serious about the way you live?

If we are believers, if we believe that Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, Colossians 3 makes it pretty clear: Put on your new nature and be renewed in your relationship with your Creator.

1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. 3-4 Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.  
Colossians 3:1-4, MSG
1 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. 
Colossians 3:1-4, NLT

THINKING IT THROUGH

  • We are all going to die (Ecclesiastes 2:14-15), sinners and believers, wise and foolish. So, what’s the point of life?
  • If I’m a believer, part of me has already died in this life (Colossians 3:3). However, my old nature is constantly trying to rise again, to be the bigger part of who I am (Romans 7:14-17).
  • How can I live my new life, if my old life is always trying to make a comeback (Colossians 3:4).
  • What does my new life—my real life—look like?
  • In Romans 7:14-25, Paul expresses deep frustration with the reality that we have to fight the good fight on the home front—this is one of the most depressing and hopeless realities of our lives. Sin is evil, and the flesh is weak. So, why does Paul, why do we, keep fighting this seemingly unwinnable war? What gives us hope?

Take this Scripture in, chew on it, go to sleep thinking about it, and do some “naval gazing” to see who’s ahead: the old you or the new ? How do you make this change?

There are no limits on the ways you can choose to express these words from God: use any form of creativity you desire. But express them through your hands, through your mind, through your voice. And remember, for this exercise, skill level and perfection are never measured.

Simply let God words come out through your filters. Express God’s words to you. Show them. It is in taking them in and making them ours, in hearing God’s words and putting them out in the open, that they become true for us. They are no longer hidden, and those around us will see that we are reflecting something—even if they aren’t sure what it is. But we’ll know: it’s God.

Please, share your creation with me! Send me an email with a picture of whatever way you have chosen to reflect God’s words this week.
My email address is KSEvenhouseWWV@gmail.com.

If you don’t want me to share it with others, I will respect your wishes, but if you give me permission to do so, I will post them on Thursday alongside my God-reflections and others that I have gathered.

Until Thursday, I leave you with this blessing by Gerald Kelly from Spoken Worship.

May you who are restless
find rest,
and in rest, restoration
and the healing
of your hollow soul.
May peace be yours.

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