Death is so final. That is it, finished, over. Many things in life can be redeemed, if it breaks we get another one, if we make a mistake we try and correct it. Even in relationships where things have gone wrong, whilst you are alive there is still hope. But after death there is no redemption, that is it. And we will all one day die. There is something so final that we find it hard to cope with, we dot want to talk about it, it is the great unknown, but I am not talking about the death of our bodies when our time is done, that will come and for those who know Christ, the greatest adventure then begins, eternity in glory. No, I am talking about the the death of our bodies now, not physically killing ourselves, but putting to death those things that have ruled us. It is the same mentality, death at the end of our days and the death of those things that rule us – it should be final, no coming back. So Paul tells the Colossians in light of the fact they are hidden in Christ and have been raised with Him, they must put to death whatever belongs to our earthly nature, he then goes on to list those things.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:5 NIV84)
It is easy to read over this quickly, but do any of these things ring true in you, even a hint? Read it slowly asking the Lord, do any of these things live in me? Put them to death, issue the sentence with speed and finality that you may be free. That those things that are not Christ ruling you maybe killed, not offering anymore life to you and not poisoning your days. There are no great areas, he is not saying to ignore those things. He is not saying to shut it away and pretend it is not their. He is saying to put it to death, that means you will have to engage with the issue, kill it, don’t allow it to live in you. But it is so easy to let things creep in, we starve it and feel that as it is very small we can just leave it and concentrate on other things, but whatever life it has, it will want more and will try and rule you. We have one who dwells in us who is the strong man, we have one who dwells in us who is greater. His power in me gives me grace to overcome and deal the final death blow to those ruling passions that his passion will flow through me. It is not in my own strength that I can overcome, but I must engage and make a step and trust that his strength in me will give me grace to fight and put to death all that belongs to the earthly nature in me.