Life From Death
For anything to grow, something else has to die. This principle is universal. For acres of corn or wheat to grow, trees and prairie grass had to die. For cities to grow, fields and farmlands had to give way. For people to grow, animals and plants must give up life.
Jesus, in talking about the gain to be made by his death said in John 12:24: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.”
For Christians to grow spiritually, the old habits, desires and previous ways of thinking have to die. Col 3:5, “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”
In order for us to grow in purity, holiness, righteousness, godliness, etc., we must put down the things of this world. You cannot be abiding in the fruit of the spirit while walking in the works of the flesh (Ga. 5)!
The Bible often talks to us about putting away (death) the old man of sin (ways of the world) and putting on the new man (walking in newness of life).
From the text in Col. 3, Paul reminds his readers of the right way to live since they have “laid aside the old self with its evil practices and have put on the new self” (vss. 9-10).
Is there room in our lives for the spiritual qualities of Christ to grow? How can we be more Christ-like, if we are unwilling to put away the old self? If you are not growing then perhaps it’s because you haven’t killed off those hindrances of the world.
Paul said, “I . . . entreat you to walk a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called” (Eph. 4:1). Let us strive to grow in Christ.
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