Thoughts on Colossians 3:9-11
Paul talks a lot about our position in Christ. He speaks a LOT about what Christ has made us and how we have been changed. He describes us in this passage as having put off the old man and having put on the new man. These things have happened to us. God has changed us. We are no longer sinners, but now are called saints.
There is a very important reason why Paul spends so much time on who we are. It is because who we are changes what we do. He is not the first to proclaim this. Jesus, Himself said that the things that come out of our mouths proceed from our hearts. We live a certain way because of who we really are deep down inside.
The difficulty comes when our practice doesn’t always match up to our position. We are Christians. But, sometimes, we don’t live like it. Paul’s point in this entire chapter, and specifically in this passage, is that since we have put on the new man, we ought to live like it. In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul says that we are a new creation and that the old things have passed away and all things have become new. This is who we are.
The struggle of the Christian is to “walk worthy of the calling with which you were called”. It is not an easy journey, but it is worthwhile. We do it by purposely and continuously setting aside those things that pull us away from Christ and set Him before us, in all His beauty, as our greatest treasure. It’s not easy. But, it is definitely worth it.