Not Dead Yet!- A Reflection on Colossians 3.5-6

September 3, 2008

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.” -Colossians 3.5-6

How seriously do I take the call to put these things to death? In a given day I could break the commandments on this list numerous times and not even flinch. How am I so desensitized?

I have a head knowledge of Christ’s commands and the awfulness of God’s wrath, but so often I am completely unable to connect it to my actions. For every one time I feel supremely aware of God’s glory and the magnificence of what he’s done for me, there are three times where I feel like I’ve stripped off my clothes and cowered naked in shame behind the bushes.

I understand the “fear and trembling” of “work[ing] out [my] salvation” (Philippians 2.12). It’s not fear that God hasn’t done what he said, it’s fear that one day God will realize what an awful mistake he made in choosing me!