Taking ‘selfie’ pictures with cell phone cameras is all the rage right now. Whether it’s simply with your friends to remember a moment, a silly snapshot, or at some famous place, it’s fun to commemorate occasions with a picture. I wonder if you had taken a ‘spiritual’ selfie a year ago and compared it to one taken today, would you notice anything different about your spiritual life? Would you be able to identify growth and maturity in areas of weakness? All of us have broken parts of our life that God is trying to transform through the work of his Holy Spirit. It’s true that God loves each of us exactly where we are, but he loves us too much to leave us in that place. He wants to transform you from the inside out to look more like Jesus does. May I remind you that as a follower of Jesus you have been raised to new life with Christ, so set your hearts and fix your minds on the realities of heaven, not on the things of earth; and begin to exchange the clothing of sin for the wardrobe of love.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality,impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each otherand forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.