In Colossians 3 Paul gets very personal to the church in Colosse. Up to this point Paul has unpacked the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and redirecting this new church away from the false teachings that were attempting to derail them.
His words on the power of the Gospel living inside them and the suffering that may occur as a result of choosing to follow Jesus were powerful reminders of what is at stake when we follow Christ. However, the first two chapters took a 30,000 foot view of God’s plan for us and never really came to ground level.
Until Chapter 3.
Paul now starts to get up in our “bidnezz” and poke around at our personal lives. He starts to make us look at who we are as people and how we match up with what God has called us to.
In Colossians 3:1-8, Paul outlines the sins that we need to “put to death” in our lives. Sadly, these things come out of our souls naturally. We don’t have to try real hard to lust or have filthy language. It just comes out of our sinful nature without any effort. These are things that we need to kill.
The exciting realization is that when decision to follow Christ and have Him lead our lives it causes a “new self” to be born. A new self that desires new things.
In Colossians 3: 12-14, Paul outlines these new desires. These are the things we have to work very hard at because they don’t come naturally.
We have to fight FOR these good things with as much energy as we fight AGAINST the sinful things.
These Godly characteristics seem to be a recipe for the foundation of our life. Paul’s recipe includes: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, bearing with one another, and the binding that keeps it all together…love. If we are able to establish a foundation on God’s desire it will be solid regardless of what happens in our life.
It’s important we remember why we want to do this though We do this not for our own glory, but “in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” The entire life of a Christian is finding our way back to living, loving, and glorifying Him in all that we do.
This Godly foundation is so important to establish before we get to Colossians 3:18-22. These are the verses that fire everyone up because they talk of submission, love, obeying, and honoring in our relationships. If we don’t have a firm foundation establish by God in verses 12-17 we will be frustrated by what Paul asks us to do in verses 18-22. These words will seem harsh, unfair, and we will bristle underneath them.
If we have established a Christ centered foundation then these directions of submission and love become icing and sprinkles. They are the decorations on the cake we worked hard to make before we even meet that person or have kids. We should eagerly want to add these to our foundation as it only adds to the goodness of the cake.
So where is your foundation?
Is it found in your job, your kids, your wife, your hobbies? If it is you will constantly be frustrated and let down because you have chosen to establish your life on things that were never meant to support your weight.
But a life founded and established in Christ is there for the long haul. It can weather the storms and enjoy the good times with out falling down because it’s rooted in the unshakable love of Christ.
When you choose this foundation, you can have your cake and eat it too!
PS: Here is the recipe I used at our Colossians Study for the cake in a mug! You too can eat cake in less than 5 minutes!!!
The Chocolate Foundation Cake
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (or a little more J )
½ teaspoon vanilla
In a coffee mug, add dry ingredients and mix well. Add egg and mix to dry ingredients.
Mix in liquid ingredients and then add chocolate chips.
Microwave mug on high for 3 minutes. Let cool for 1 minute and then enjoy!!!
It totally works!!!!