“1. If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.7. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8.But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9.Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10. and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.”(ESV)
This is not a License to sin. It saddens me that we have minimized Christ,the cross, and the cost. For some it is something that we simply do out of tradition, convenience, or its simply the right thing to do,Etc. When we look at what Paul is saying, we cannot encounter Christ and remain the same. Something will change, something must change!
One can’t help but see, that once we are in Christ, we are a new creature. As Christians we are to set our minds on things above and no longer the things of this world. We have died… as one that plants a garden, if the seed refuses to die and be a seed no longer, it can never become anything better. Paul is calling us to die to the former us, and take on something better…Take on Christ. He also mentions that we walked in these things when we lived in them. Now we put them to death. We allow Christ to come in and continue the renewal process. We are being transformed! During the growth process, the seed that is in the ground is always going growing until it is fully grown and harvested. The same is true for our lives.