Summary: Human beings all tend to agree that different people have different styles. Different style for dressing, work, schedules, you name it. Lifestyles define a person, because other people can watch that person in action. what is the lifestyle of faith?
Human beings all tend to agree that different people have different styles. Different style for dressing, getting work done, schedules, you name it. Lifestyles define a person, because other people can watch that person in action. Clearly the lifestyle of world would be different from that of a Christian. Is wearing a necklace with cross on it, make you a person with Christian lifestyle? Instead of asking the question, what is the lifestyle of a particular Christian denomination, it would be better to ask the question, what is the lifestyle of faith?
The author of book of Colossians is Paul. The book is written around AD 60. The key themes of the book is that faith, love and hope are key to the following of Jesus Christ. In Christ Jesus, we have been offered freedom. But the most amazing thing, is that because of Jesus Christ, Christians can be as in touch with the next world as this one.
Colossians 3:1 “Since you were raised from the dead with Christ, aim at what is in heaven, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Think only about the things in heaven, not the things on earth.”
1. Our lifestyle is defined by whom we are serving
When we forget whom we are serving, our lifestyle takes a worldly tone. A deep personal relationship with Jesus Christ will transform every area of our lives. If we go after a rock star, cinema star or whoever, our language and our attitude will adapt to their behavior.
Hebrews 10:14 “For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy” The word perfect is very important, it is not going upwards, improving. It is perfect. Have you come to the perfection as those who are being made holy.
vs.3 Your old sinful has died and your new life is kept with Christ in God.
2. Put all evil things out of your life (v.5)
In order to maintain a lifestyle, we will have to avoid or remove certain things in your life. A combination of Elvis and Justin Beiber lifestyle would likely get ridicule for you. We all have sense , at least most of the time to use a good set of clothes when we go outside our home. Once we are saved through Jesus Christ, the old man should die. Let us find out what are the things that we need to keep out to maintain a lifestyle of faith.
v.5. "Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:"We may not do the first item. How about the rest? If we do not put out these evil things, we are serving a false god.
v.8 "But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth."
v.11 Christ is in all believers, and Christ is all that important. What is the most important thing in your life, defines your life style?
3. Always do these things (v.12-15)
We have to do certain things always to maintain a certain lifestyle.
"12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."
4. Everything you do or say should be done to obey Jesus your Lord
- Your new life with other people.
The fundamental building block is a cell. A healthy collection of cells, translates to a healthy body.
v.18 “submissive wife - means to stand under leadership of husband” It means the wife is to willingly to abide by decision of husband in matters of home and family”. In life, there will always be exceptions. We know of Deborah the prophet in the old testament, who led Israel to victory. This is to exercise intelligent leadership in a marriage.
"22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;"
This verse also has the word slavery (in some versions) and many atheist folks use it to say, God supports slavery, which is not true. Slavery was part of the societal system at that time. If slaves were not addressed, then society as a whole would not be addressed. We can see that Onesimus, a slave came to Jesus Christ and was considered a brother in equal standing with other believers.