“So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.”
- “Put to death”, “Having nothing to do with”, “Get rid of”, “Don’t” …. “for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all it’s wicked deeds.” There ya have it – God calls us to be strippers. Not of our physical clothes, but of the junk we used to wear spiritually and morally before we began to follow Christ.
- This is what He says to strip off:
- Sexual immorality
- Evil desires
- Greed (which equals idolatry – read any of the Old Testament lately? – idolatry is a huge deal to God. If you don’t believe me, check out any of the prophets. Here are God’s words through Jeremiah, “Idols are worthless; they are ridiculous lies! On the day of reckoning they will all be destroyed. But the God of Israel is no idol! He is the Creator of everything that exists.” (Jeremiah 10:15-16)
- Malicious behavior
- Dirty Language
- Which one of these did you read over and feel that little twitch in your chest? Slander? Anger? Greed – always wanting just a little more than you have?
- I know at the core – my defaults go toward all these things. God tells us to strip! Then He tells us how: “Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.”
- Its not a lofty theological answer. Instead it goes something like this: Get to know God. As you do, you will become like Him.
- How do you get to know someone? First you spend time together. Sometimes you talk (prayer), other times you listen (God’s Word and prayer). Its not just about a routine but there are rhythms in relationships. My husband and I schedule dates. I intentionally check in with friends. Getting to know God isn’t reserved for Sunday mornings but it does require a change of clothes. We need to strip off the sinful nature, and then put on the new by getting to know Jesus. He says we should do this in the context of community (Hebrews10:25-26: “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”)
- What does this passage mention that you know God is calling you to strip off?
- Today, how will you get to know God better?
Adoration: Praise God that He gives us a new nature.
Confession: Admit sins in this passage that you know are a struggle for you. Ask God to help you strip them off in His power.
Thanksgiving: Thank God that He offers us a way to know Him better with access to Him through Christ.
Supplication: Ask God to reveal any blind spots you may have that need to be stripped off.