Google+ 01/14/13 Lie Not!

Colossians 3:9-11

 

 Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 

Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.

In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, Uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and He lives in all of us. 

 

Yesterday, we spoke about the renewing waters of Baptism.  So often, we Christians "celebrate" milestones of our Christian heritage, only to never apply them to our everyday lives.  As always, today I hope to help you with this fact!  Paul deals with a very sensitive subject in our Christian lives.  Paul could have been writing this letter to any of our Local New Testament Churches.  He certainly could be writing to me.  Paul begins by sharing with the church at Colossae that they should not lie anymore.  I want you to think about that statement before you say anything sarcastic to yourself.  Let's be painfully honest with each other today.  Most of us lie about something every day.  It may seem like it is harmless and doesn't matter.  We may even justify our lies by saying that it is better that we lie, because the truth is too painful.  Paul tells the Colossians that if they are going to claim Christ, they must shed their sinful nature and wicked deeds.  This is a concept we all need to embrace.  In my many years as a minister, I have spoken to many people about organized religion and invited them to worship in a local New Testament Church on Sunday.   Anyone who is not attending a local New Testament Church currently, will be happy to tell you why, if you ask.  The response I receive most often is that they have been lied to or lied about during their tenure in God's church.  As you know, this practice of lying goes on all the time.  Paul reminds all of us that lying is simply wrong, about anything, at any time.  Paul tells us to put on our new nature and be renewed as we get to know Christ.  How are you going to get to know Christ today?  Is there time set aside on your "Outlook Calendar" today to hear God speak?  If there is not, let me tell you what you will hear today.  The world will speak to you.  The conversation from the devil today goes like this.  Satan, through the evil forces of this world will say, "You're too busy, You're too sick.  You're working too hard.  Everybody hates you.  You are alone.  Make sure you 'get yours,' because nobody else matters.  Make fun and lie to everyone, particularly those that are not like you."  These are all lies and exist because we have not "stripped off" our sinful nature.  This is why Christ's baptism, that we celebrated yesterday, is so important.  Go ahead and re-live the burial and resurrection of Jesus in your life.  Be born again.  When the world speaks to you today, respond in your heart with what Paul said.  Proclaim to everyone within the sound of your voice that "Christ is all that matters."  As you do that, stop lying.  God doesn't like it and Satan loves it.  Remember that in Christ, we are all alike.  If you forget, Paul reminds us and the Colossians of that fact again in our Scripture today.  In Christ, we can "renew daily."  The next time you are inclined to lie, even a little in something you think doesn't matter, picture Jesus sitting next to you.  If Christ is all that matters, I promise you will never lie again!  Why?  Because you are afraid of God?  Because you might get caught?  No, none of these.  The reason you will never lie again is you simply can't look Christ in the "eye" and do it.  The Holy Spirit will convict your heart that hurting Jesus, and others, is simply wrong.  Tell the truth, because when you get to heaven and judgment day, you will want Christ to tell the truth about you to God, His Father.  I don't know about you, but I want Jesus to testify at my "trial" and say, "He is one of mine, Father."  That can only occur as we strip off our old nature and make Christ all that matters.  So in the language of the day, hear Paul and I say, "Lie not!"