Today you should read: Colossians 3:1-17
I love modern technology. Information at your fingertips at all times, social media for the latest buzz, incredible graphics in the latest movies, and all of the ridiculously cool gadgets… it’s really remarkable stuff. Man, to think of how far we’ve come in this world! One thing that has quickly risen to my list of favorites concerning modern technology: LIVE-STREAMING, ON-DEMAND TV. You can catch up on any show or documentary without waiting on reruns. For our impatient western culture, it truly is a breakthrough.
Here’s what I’ve found, though, and especially in college ministry: if addiction to television was bad before, Netflix and Hulu have exposed and exploited it to a whole new level. If you want to catch up on 24 or Saved By The Bell or _____________ (**fill in the blank with your favorite show**), you know that you need to block out some time. You can’t just watch one. That’s the sinful, insatiable desire for more that we each wrestle with. Before you know it, you’ve binge-watched 5-6 episodes of said show.
Where am I going with this? I’ll get there.
Let’s say you finally recognize that this is a terrible habit. Fantastic decision. You decide that you are cutting out 3 hours of TV… BUT… what will you put in its place? If you don’t put something good, helpful, wholesome, uplifting, etc. in your newfound 3-hour freedom, how long before some other sinful habit creeps in? Not long. Feel free to interview half of our college ministry. This is a real challenge.
Enter the apostle Paul and Colossians 3:1-17. This is the famed “put-off – put-on” principle. This chapter gives us a great rule to follow in our fight against sin and destructive habits. For everything we put off in verses 5-9, we must put on something better, which is all provided for us in Christ through the Holy Spirit in verses 10-17. Struggle with lying? As a follower of Jesus, you can put on truth. Struggle with greed? As a Christian, you wake up each day, and through the Holy Spirit, you choose generosity. Instead of back-biting and gossip, you can put on edification.
Or back to my not-so-far-fetched illustration: your daily 3-hour chunk of time no longer invested in the Andy Griffith Show can be spent in the Bible, Christian community, exercise… something better.
All this is made possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and we *ARE* and *WILL BE* raised with Him (reread and marinate in verses 1-4). Be blessed and overwhelmed by the Word today, family.
Posted by: Todd Thomas