Colossians 3:1-4 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above not on earthly things. for you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ with God. when Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
this is under the subtitle of rules for Holy living in the letter to Colossians. sounds about right. how the Holy would want to set their heart and mind on above things. God’s glory is the delight for the Holy. after i read verse 4, i closed the bible and pondering on it. oh this sounds great! of course i want live such lives too. my life being hidden with Christ and appearing with Him in His glory…..
but i got back to reality checking where i am, i am so far from it… God, you help me or i die.
as i opened the book of Life again, and read ‘5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature:…………’ oh crap. why are they so hard?
‘7….. now you must rid yourselves all such things as these: anger, rage, ….’ dude, i have a problem.
but it reassures how i could be made like that. perhaps a hope. ’10…. and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
[ESV commentary] Being renewed (present tense) indicates that the transformation of Christians is an ongoing process.
and another thing – the transformation is not by my knowledge, but in His knowledge. Praise be to Him. i know this is going to be impossible by my own knowledge of reading books, guarding myself, fighting things off. no, it gotta be my identity in His image that would renew/transform me, and my behaviors/desires shall follow. that’s why verse 1 starts with you have been raised with Christ- so this is only for those who are in Christ. i, for one, the sinner with such tiny faith and such small strength, is being renewed in the image of my Creator. *amazed*
i would love to have these three things.———
Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Delight yourself in the LORD
and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in Him and He will do this:
these days, i am struggling with trusting in the Lord in terms of school, work, family, future and all that. a bit more like why things don’t go my way. i feel like a mess that just juggling things but never fully committed to them. or just that some things/sins never change in a deeper level. but nothing is really satisfying, i know. even if things work out my ways, they still won’t satisfy me as much as the Lord working in His way (me committing my way to Him, and delighting in Him leading the way). more of Jesus, less and less of the world. gotta repent. look up to that cross. no, it’s not that easy. it will never be, but i could delight in it.
trust. delight. commit. all to Him. in Him. for Him.
[The Christian life on earth is a conflict with sin. And therein is the dreadfulness of our situation on earth displayed. But we are not left to fight the battle alone. The Christian life is a conflict of God — not of us — with sin. And therein is the joy and glory of our situation on earth manifested. As sinners we are in terrible plight. As the servants of God, fighting His battle, we are in glorious case.] Warfield, faith and life.