July 28

Colossians 3:1-7

“So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” vs. 1

Sometimes we’re told that we need to accept ourselves as we are, and not spend our lives trying to be something that we are not. There is truth in that advice, but it’s not the whole truth, because the way we are is not always the best that we can be–in fact, sometimes it’s not even close! Paul tells the Colossians that since they have been raised from the dead with Christ in baptism, they should seek to be Christlike in all they say and do. If believers take Paul seriously that will likely mean making a lifestyle adjustment. We all know that there are a whole variety of ways in which we can choose to behave as we develop our own special identity–we see them demonstrated for us daily in social media and on television. We even encounter them in the people we meet at work or at the grocery store. Paul’s advice is simple: believers are to imitate Christ! Not so we can go to heaven when we die, but to make heaven a reality here on earth! Some might question if it’s even possible for mortals to be Christlike, and the answer is simple. Of course it is! We see people all around us, being themselves and at the same time imitating Christ. Naturally we can opt out–but why not be the best that we can be?

Thought for the Day: In what ways am I Christlike?

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