There are times when things can just bog us down and we forget why we do what we do. For example, when we are in the midst of preparations for something big, we can lose the joy in all the details. We can lose sight of what we are preparing for and focus merely on the preparations. All of us have been there! Think about hosting a Thanksgiving meal. I love to prepare and cook a Thanksgiving meal and have company over, but the details of cleaning the house and cleaning up the cooking mess as I prepare throughout the week can get me off-focus. While mopping the floor, I could easily forget and lose sight of how much fun it will be to be with family and friends giving thanks to our amazing Creator. We each have different things that weigh us down, but we also can redirect our minds to why we do what we do. The verses I am looking at today remind me of this. Please use the link and read Colossians 3:1-11.
These verses have a long list of things that we need to clean out of our lives. When we choose to follow Christ, He sets up home in our hearts and He wants to help us do some housekeeping. I like to have company over, but the preparations can be a lot of work. That is the way it is when we choose to follow Christ. We want Him living in us, but the housekeeping is work! This list of things that God wants out of our lives has different challenges for each of us. One person may not struggle with lying, but they struggle with greed. Another person may struggle with anger. But, we are told in a few verses right before this list why we want to clean the garbage out of our hearts. Colossians 3:3-4 (NIV), "For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory." Christ is our life and we are told that we will be with Him in glory. That is amazing and something that we can focus on while we allow God to clean house in our hearts.
So, instead of thinking of it as a list of don'ts, we can have a thankful heart for what is to come and clean up the garbage with joy. God is working something wonderful in our lives!
This post is linked with Soli Deo Gloria.