Wrapping up Colossians 3 and 4, I split up the text into 3 parts: the past, the present, and what we are called to do.
In the past, our minds were set on earthly things (3:2) and we were trapped by our earthly nature (3:5). As we walked in sin (3:7), it attracted the wrath of God (3:6).
But now, we have died and have been raised with Christ; we are hidden with Christ in God (3:1,3).
Before Him, we are all the same regardless of our backgrounds – because He is all, and is in all (3:11).
When Christ (who is our life) returns, we will be with him in glory (3:4).
We are forgiven (3:13).
We are God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved (3:12).
The Lord has an inheritance waiting for us as a reward (3:24).
Now we are called to:
Cast off the old self and put on our new self, being “renewed in knowledge in the image of [God]” (3:10).
Put to death our earthly nature (3:5,8,9).
Set our hearts and minds on things above. (3:1-2)
Clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (3:12).
Bear with each other and forgive as we have been forgiven (3:13).
Put on love which binds all of the above in perfect unity (3:14).
Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts (3:15).
Let His message dwell richly amongst us, as we teach and admonish each other with all wisdom (3:16).
Do everything in His name and always give thanks (3:17).
Obey our parents in everything as children, as this is pleasing to the Lord (3:20).
Do everything, not only when we are watched or to win favour, with “sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.” To do everything wholeheartedly as unto the Lord and not for men (3:23-24).
Devote ourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful (4:2).
Have conversations full of grace, seasoned with salt, knowing how to answer everyone (4:6).
Suddenly had the thought of how fleeting and short our lives on Earth actually are in relation to eternity. Like the whole zoom out imagery.
We like to talk about where we see ourselves in 5 years, in 10 years… yet 99.9% of the time it is fraught with uncertainties, guesswork, groping about in the dark, unsure footsteps…
One of society’s favourite buzz phrase/terminology is “living purposefully” – where we do things for what we deem to be life’s purpose, build/nurture purposeful relationships, strive to find meaning, etc.
Life is but a pursuit of its very meaning, ain’t it?
We chase things that inspire us, things that bring happiness, things that bring assurance, things that make us feel secure… and the list goes on.
It all just pales in comparison to the idea of eternity.
Where there is assurance. Where I am sure. Where there is an unshakable, a firm foundation for my feet to stand on, for me to plant my feet upon.
Christ is my rock.
I, however, am no rock. I am broken, imperfect.
There are times when it makes absolutely no sense to be a follower of Christ.
There are times when I question Him – even His heart for me. ‘Do You really love me?’
There are times when like a spoilt child, I throw tantrums in His presence.
There are times when I rage at my Father.
There are times when I say ‘enough is enough, this is too difficult. I am throwing in the towel.’.
There are times when I choose to walk away.
But the beauty of it all is Love despite.
Despite all of my nonsense.
He continues to wait like the father of the prodigal son and runs to meet me when I return.
He continues to knock on the door of my heart.
He forgives me.
Over and over again.
Despite my foolishness.
He continues to cheer me on – not just from the sidelines, not just sitting on His comfy throne at the finishing line – from right in front of me.
“Come on, let’s go kid. You and me. It’s just you and me, come on.”
As I edge towards the finish line, He is with me.
He freaking sings and rejoices over me?! (Zephaniah 3:17)
And stooped down to make me great?! (Psalm 18:35)
Like what the heck.
God, you siao ah. Hahaha. Talk about crazy love.