Friday, March 23, 2012

Your Personal Culture

Colossians 3:1

"Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand."  NLT

Not only do I look at this verse as the theme of the entire book of Colossians, but it should be the theme of our lives.  As I finish up my study in Colossians, I am amazed at how much this book tells us to take our focus off the things around us and to make our focus heavenward.  The culture should not be dictating how we live or how we think, Christ in us should be what we live for.  There is no other reality that matters!

Chapter 1 reminded us of who Jesus is and that all things were created through Him.  Chapter 2 reminded us of the authority Christ has over all things.  Chapter 3 reminds us that since Christ is our Creator and He has authority over all, He should be our focus.  He should be our everything.  He is our life (Colossians 3:4).  What we do, say, and think should be filtered through Christ always.  When He is our focus, we change our culture.

The culture of the community we live in can affect us in how we think, feel, and what we do.  The culture has its definition of norms and mores and we as individuals choose if we accept these values.  In sense, we create our own personal culture of what we decide is acceptable and unacceptable and it often matches the culture around us.  But God doesn't want us to define our personal culture according to the influences around us; He wants to define it for us.  We do not decide what is acceptable; God decides this for us.  This happens when we accept the authority that Christ has as our Creator, Savior, and God.

"And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father."  Colossians 3:17 NLT.

This doesn't mean that God needs us as His spokesperson; He represents Himself just fine.  But, this is a new mindset that we are to have as followers of Christ.  Whatever we say or do should be done with the idea of how an ambassador represents their country.  The ambassador is supposed to communicate and behave in a way that represents their country.  We are to do the same.  Whatever we do and say should be done and said through the filter of Christ.  Since we are His children and He has authority over us, we should be behaving in a way that represents that reality.  That is our new culture.  This is the life I want to live.  Thank you for joining me in this study of Colossians; I pray you were as blessed by digging into God's word as I was!

Who defines your culture?

I hope you join me for the next two weeks as I study parts of the book of John!

This post is linked with Faith Filled Friday.

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