I love Colossians 3. Seven months ago when God completely wrecked my life in a good, miraculous way, I remained glued to those verses for quite some time.
For so long, I had allowed my mind to ride on auto-pilot. I had no reins on my thoughts, words, or actions. I wasn’t even paying attention to the happenings in my head space.
It’s impossible to live for Christ unless we renew our minds.
The mind is our battlefield. We can’t give everything to Jesus if we don’t change the way we think. It’s like trying to pour new wine into old wineskins. It just won’t work.
Paul writes Colossians 3 almost like a field manual on what it means to be a new creation. We put off things like anger and idolatry and clothe ourselves with mercy, humility, and love.
In other words, drop the old man like a bad habit and clothe ourselves with Jesus.
I love verse 10. “and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.”
The entire point of the Cross was to restore us back to the original image in the Garden as if we had never eaten from the tree.
Think about that for a second. It’s profound.
God told Adam if he ate from the tree, he would surely die. Did Adam fall over dead when he took a bite of that fruit? Nope.
So, what died? The image. Everything that God created Adam and Eve to be in the beginning.
Genesis 1:26-27. “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[b] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
In verse 27 God talks about creating man in His own image. In verse 28, He does it. Look how many times the word image is repeated. God wanted us to know it’s important.
When a new baby enters this world, he or she is born directly into Adam. Into the fall of man. Plainly, into sin.
That is why we must be born again.
We must be renewed back to that original image.
Created value. Identity. Purpose. All of those things were lost the moment Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit.
Jesus was marred more than any of the sons of man. In other words, take the worst beating any man on earth had ever been subjected too. Jesus was beaten more. He was completely disfigured. I doubt you could even tell He was a human at that point.
He lost His identity so we could get ours back. Wow. What a savior.
I’m done setting my mind on the things of this world. I’m constantly feeding my mind with truth and stuff that brings life, not death.
When we completely die to self, begin to renew our minds, and let go of what we were never created for in the first place, we can start looking more like Jesus.
And that’s the place I want to be.