Hitting the Mark
Striving for Purity – Part 4
Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:1-11
Key Verse: Colossians 3:5
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.
I hope you took time to read the suggested scripture passage in Colossians. It starts out with a great way to start each day: “set you heart and mind on things above, not on earthly things.” The word “set” is an intentional act; we put forth the effort to set something in a certain place. We are to intentionally put our minds and hearts in a good place, as we start each day. The goal would be to keep them in that good place all day long. For Christ Followers, we want to set our minds on the higher things, the godly things that would please God. Purity in our hearts starts with setting our minds on the pure things of righteousness. Reading a few verses from the Bible is a great way to set your mind on the things above. This is a great way to play offense, to put it in sports lingo.
The Apostle Paul moves on to what our defense must be: “Put to death… sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5). No matter how spiritual we become, temptation to satisfy the cravings of our flesh is ever with us. The devil didn’t shy away from tempting Jesus, so he certainly isn’t afraid to attack you and me.
We need to have a funeral; there are some things in our lives that we must put to death. All things that are impure must die in a sincere Christ follower’s life. Any hint of sexual immorality must die. Any thoughts that tend to lead us toward lust must die. Those evil desires that we know are ungodly must be dealt with quickly. The greedy thoughts that make us want to serve our flesh must be surrendered to God. Tomorrow we’ll talk about the “how to” of this death, but today let’s commit to the funeral. (Continued)
Father, with your help, impurity will die in me. In Jesus’ Name, amen.