Are You Serious About Recovery?
So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ,
act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides.
CHRIST: example for us
Paul states it this way, Galatians 2:20 Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Recovery life is a life lived by faith in Christ.
DO MY ACTIONS DISPLAY GOD’S CHARACTER?
Recovery Life Focuses on Things Above
Colossians 3:1 tells us: We must constantly put God’s kingdom first. One practical application of this principle would be to invest our resources in propagating the gospel rather than spending all our time and money improving our earthly living
Matthew 6:19 “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars.”
Be alert to “what is going on around Christ.
Colossians 3:2 Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
Be aware of the shortcomings of the flesh which manifests itself in “sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy.”
Colossians 3:5 And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God.
Put away those practices which characterized our previous spiritual deadness: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.
Colossians 3:8 But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.
Don’t lie to one another
You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off
and put in the fire. Colossians 3:9
In recovery, the sin of lying might be more tempting as it is less blatant than the others. Its seriousness, nevertheless, is seen in the fact that one whole verse is devoted to it alone.
“Dressed in the wardrobe of JESUS”
Colossians 3:10 Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete.
The phrase “dressed in a new wardrobe” in verse ten is and implies a once and for all putting on of the new man at our conversion. Our renewed minds will keep our hearts on things above and earth will lose its attraction.
As long as we are in this body, however, it will take constant effort on our part to be renewed in mind
Romans 2:12 If you sin without knowing what you’re doing, God takes that into account.
But if you sin knowing full well what you’re doing, that’s a different story entirely.