Daily Devotion, 05/26/2018, “What Not to Hoard”
Colossians 3:5-9 NIV Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practicesand have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
A couple of months back, the fan motor on our AC compressor died. Fortunately, we have a friend who never throws away anything he thinks he ever might need. Buried in his shop was the exact motor we needed. He gave it to us free of charge and even brought it over to me and then helped me switch it out with the old one. Sometimes there’s an upside to hording and hanging on to stuff! Paul has a little something for everybody in today’s passage. If there was ever a list of what NOT to hoard or hang on to, this is it.
We tend to put so much emphasis on God’s free gift of grace to us and on how we are to love every person regardless of their sin that we minimize the standard of personal holiness God calls us to walk in as Christ-followers. Take the time to think and pray through this list. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you anything you need to “put to death” or take off. Confess and repent as you need to. As you do, remember that there is “no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1) The point is not to get depressed, discouraged and buried in condemnation. The point is to be “renewed in knowledge in the image of the Creator.” One last thing, renewal doesn’t just happen. You must engage your will and discipline yourself to change. That being said, you have the creative power of the Living God within you to help you do it.
You are loved!