These 2 verses make clear that there can be no separation between “talking the talk” and “walking the walk”. But this seems a tad shallow here…in the context of the whole of Colossians, a more common phrase seems to get to the point, “become what you are”. Remember that Colossians is most interested, overall, in refuting the teachings of false teachers…in this comes the challenge that the relationship between who one is in Christ and how one lives is not automatic.
We see here a very important phrase, “just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord” – one that highlights that this is what is to govern how they…we, live out our lives. It’s not impossible or a crushing burden. How many of you complain about their employers increasing the work load while keeping the resources the same – “do more with less” was the mantra when I was involved in day-to-day corporate business. What Colossians makes clear is that all the resources necessary for Christian living have been provided – there is no need to feel ill-equipped so as to keep us on the sidelines. As we have seen this week, Colossians continues to reinforce that the primary dynamic that should dictate our behavior is our relationship to Christ – an extension of what God has already accomplished in Christ. Therefore, the emphasis is not on my willpower or yours or on any effort you or I could muster…no, it is on God’s grace which enables our living to be one of thankfulness.
Let’s “do more with more” on the foundation of God’s grace in our lives and become what we are…Christians!