By Karen Polich
“Your tomorrow does not have to look like your yesterday.” Michael M. Cook
Jesus loves you, not because you are good, but because He is good. He is the difference maker in a changed life. Pastor Michael M. Cook’s sermon series, Fragile Growth, continued in Colossians 3:1-11 with two big areas that should change when Christ is in our lives, sex and rage. Listen to the podcast here.
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 in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Colossians 3:1-11
As a Christian, ideas about sex will change. (verse 5) There are things that need to be put to death. Sexual issues have three common denominators:
- The person is in a place they clearly do not belong.
- It is difficult to get out of a situation alone.
- Secrets have power in the dark. There is incredible freedom and liberation when secrets are pulled out into the light. After light shines into a secret, God will use it for good.
We should rid ourselves of anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language. (verse 8) When we desire something, but don’t get it these things can come out. Disappointment over not getting something we want or need can lead to anger. Desiring something is okay, demanding it becomes an issue. Demands at our center point can be destructive. We may make others pay a penalty when things don’t go as we wanted. These things are part of the old and should be put off with the old self.
When Jesus is the center point, we live in our new identity.
You are now His, not yours. Go back to where you are anchored. He has given us a new heart and new mind. Seek Him, read His Word and apply it to your life.