Read Colossians 3:3-11.I love that I am now "hidden" with Christ in God. When Shay was about two years old, we'd play hide and seek with him. Jim would take Lauren and help her, and I would help Shay. One night, I hid him in a pile of 15 stuffed animals arranged on his floor. It was very ET-esk. All you saw was this little boy's head in among bear, duck, and dog heads. And he was good, too. All he moved were his eyes. Lauren never saw him, and it took Jim a while, too. When anyone looked at the stuffed animals, all they saw was a montage of stuffed animals.
"For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God." NIV
This is what I imagine it means to be hidden with Christ in God. We just melt away from the direct view of mankind, and what they see is God, not me. That's the goal anyway. Unfortunately, there are things that we must put to death for that to happen in its clearest form.
Sometimes we can just fly over these lists of traits that we need to rid our life of and fail to really think how those words translate into the actions of our present society. So let's break it down.
malice: wanting to cause another pain or wish them ill will.
Here's the way The Message says it:
- Read through the list of "put offs" again. What ones do you need to work getting rid of? Why do you hang onto it?
- Another way of asking question one is, "When people look at you, do they see Christ or one of those sins listed above?"
- What other Scripture talks about putting off the old self?