Colossians 3:12-17 (NIV)
Growing and maturing as a follower of Jesus has to do with leaving some things behind us and setting our sights on some things ahead. It’s saying goodbye to the old life and saying yes to the new life. It’s about a new vision for living; Jesus’ vision. Here in Colossians we are asked to Put Off, that is put to death some things in our life. Why this? It’s so we can Put On better things that give life. It’s about Putting On the life of Jesus each and every day just as put on our clothes each day. We are asked to let God work in and through us as the Holy Spirit guides us, renews us, and strengthens us.
Here’s the work of Putting Off: 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
Here’s the effort of Putting On A Better Way of Life: 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
And here’s what all of this Putting Off and Putting On is for: 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.