So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. But now you must get rid of all such things–anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all! [NRSV]
The Greatest Park of a Yard Sale
The greatest part of a yard sale is the opportunity to let go of the old clutter, stuff and garbage. It is amazing how we allow stuff to accumulate. Grace and repentance are how we keep from living as a self-centered person vs a God-centered person.
The way the world compartmentalizes people is not God’s way of seeing us. God calls us to live counter to the world’s culture. Our earthly heritage is based on genealogy, customs, geography, social and economic divisions. God call’s us to be different based on being spiritually clothed.
Live Like you are a child of God
- Set your mind on the things of God
- Clothe your spiritual self with Christ’s glory
Live as a Citizen of Heaven
Live, behave and operate based on your spiritual citizenship and not your worldly citizenship.
Don’t live like God is busy up in heaven:
- fornication, impurity, passion, (Fulfilling the desires of the body are not eternal.)
- evil desire – Invested and claiming what we declare as good but God does not.
- greed (idolatry). (what we control and how the world values & measures.)
- get rid of all such things–anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive talk.