It seems we are being constantly bombarded with bad news these days. Violence, racism, hurricanes, fire, sexual harassment it is plastered across our screens and interjected into our conversations. Some are uncontrollable but a lot of what is going on today is the byproduct of Christianity being moved from the center of society to the margins.
We will wrap up a sermon series on the book of Colossians this weekend and what we have seen over the last few weeks is a call to live according to the new life we have in Jesus. A lot of times we hear that phrase new life and wonder what it means, what it looks like, and how we can even live it out in our daily lives. Thankfully there are clear instructions in this book of how the early Christians and us today can and should live the new life out.
We are called to shed the old life that is self-centered & dead to God and put on the new life that is made alive because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross. The phrases shed & put on give us mental images of what it means to take off old, dirty, smelly clothes like the ones we soil when working outside working in the garden or mowing the lawn, maybe they are greasy and stained from working under the hood of an old car, or coved in paint after remodeling your living room. We’ve all had that experience and how refreshing it feels to clean up and put on some clean clothes right out of the drawer. That is the same image, we see here in Colossians. We are to shed or take off the dirty, smelly, old self that is covered in the sins that keep us from a relationship with God, but through Jesus, we have been given the free gift of new life but the new life brings with it new ways that honor God and bring Him glory.
Today, we can take a stance against all the negativity, hate, and evil in our world by standing up and living out the new life wherever we find ourselves. The sins written about in Colossians 3 are self-centered sins that destroy us and our relationships, but the new life we are called to brings restoration to relationships and helps us live together. We need to stand with tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patients. We are called to stand and bear with one another and to forgive.
What our worlds need today is more people who are willing to take a stance. To stand up together against the evil in our world and be the lighthouses that Jesus called us to be in the world we live in today.
Let’s take a stance. You and me, everyone at Homeport, and all the Christians in our community let’s stand up and live out this new life we have been called to.
Will you stand with me?