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February 27-28, 2018

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Reading along with us in Colossians? Here’s today’s reading:

Colossians 3 (ESV)

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is 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 what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 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. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all....Continue Reading

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  1. Set your hearts on things above, not earthly things. Wow there is a boat load there isn’t there? All the things we could preoccupy our lives with…wealth, pleasure, fame and power need to be set aside for heavenly priorities. What things does God care about? He cares about people and purity, the gospel, marriages and family, and how relationships function within a society. Therefore we have to put off what is bad. He lists the primary things to focus on, but the putting off is about intention, about choice, about controlling our souls and bodies to not let those things of sin and evil to fester and take root. As evil thoughts and tendencies come up, I set them aside, I choose to not follow their direction. But it is not just avoiding the negative, but embracing the positive. I need to clothe myself with good things. I need to purpose to let those thoughts rule and reign in me, and the highest of these is love because it sums everything up so well.

    It is interesting to me how Paul goes form general to specific in this chapter. Set your mind on heavenly, not earthly. That is about power and principle. So put off and put on and here are some specific things to identify as what is bad and then good. And as you are walking around building the life of Christ in you, this is how a family is to function. And this is how work relationships should work. And when you are the slave (in our time, employee) don’t work just for the sake of the master, but unto the Lord, because God will reward you even if the master is not. what does that say for labor relations?

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