Colossians 3:5-10 (NIV)
5Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Bear with me on this one…
If I were to put on a huge pink bunny suit and went and stood on a corner downtown, I’d look like a giant pink bunny. People who were passing by might see me and refer to me as a giant pink bunny. But the fact remains; I wouldn’t actually be a giant pink bunny. I could really make it look good—hop around, eat clover. But basically, I’d just be going through the motions. That wouldn’t make me a giant pink bunny, either.
The bottom line is I can go to great lengths to make myself look like a giant pink bunny. But unless I’m a giant pink bunny on the inside, I’m no giant pink bunny.
Dressing up like a pink bunny doesn’t make you a pink bunny. Likewise, masquerading as a Christian doesn’t make you a Christian. People can make it look good—go to church, hang out with other Christians, say the kind of “churchy” phrases that only Christians say. But, ultimately, it’s what’s on the inside that counts—it’s what’s in your heart.
In today’s Scripture, Paul makes it clear that there are Godly ways and ungodly ways. Those who would follow Jesus must rid themselves of the ungodly ways—not just on Sunday at youth group, but every day.
Take the things you’ve learned about Jesus and work them into your everyday life. Consider them in every decision you make.
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