After reading through Colossians 3 fully I came to the conclusion that this may be one of those chapters in the Bible that people really don’t want to read or learn from. This chapter tends to focus on how we are to behave as Christians. One thing that we must understand is that it is important for us to always “keep our eye on the prize”, so to speak. What do I mean by this? Well, as Christians we need to train ourselves to think about heavenly things rather than earthly things at all times. Now, this may seem like an impossible task and maybe it is impossible to do so 100% of the time but it is something we should strive for. When I refer to heavenly things as opposed to earthly things, this can cover all manner of things such as material belongings, attitudes, and even beliefs. Rather than thinking about how badly we want that new pair of Manolo Blahnik’s, we should be sure to pay our tithes or help others who are disadvantaged. Rather than feeling the need to get revenge because that is what society tells us we should do, we need to seek guidance from the Bible and from God through prayer. We must learn to deny impure temptations in our personal lives and seek after only what is pure and of God.
It is not through our works that we gain salvation but through Christ’s ultimate sacrifice yet if we read through God’s word we know that someday, we will all come before God, the Father and be asked to explain our behaviors. This, to me, sounds awfully intimidating but even knowing that I am not perfect and that I sin on a regular basis, I feel secure in my salvation because Christ has promised me this. We have to learn as Christians to do our best to put aside evil actions and immorality and learn to live a new life through Christ. This may mean learning not to yell at other driver’s on the road when we are in a hurry to get to work or practicing more patience when dealing with our spouses or children. Whatever it may be for you, remember before you act on some thought or react to someone else’s actions…someday, you will stand before God in judgement.