The Great Reset has been a buzzword through the current pandemic. The World Economic Forum spoke of this matter in 2020, with a strategy to restart the world towards a more fair, just world for all. Conservative thinkers would be very concerned about these ideals, for they lean on the Socialism side of governing rather than Capitalism. This message is not to be a political discussion but rather to focus on the opportunity for each of us to push the reset button and start our lives over centered on Christ Jesus. The world's solutions will never work for man's innate nature apart from God is sinful, greedy, selfish, and so no matter the desire to do better, one cannot without being transformed within.
Here in Colossians 3-4, we will discover the knowledge of new life in Christ. Let's allow this to be a mirror to the condition of our soul and where we see shortcomings, repent, pushing the reset button, starting over with Christ as Lord in every area of our lives. As it says in verse one, the first thing we are to do is set our sights on the realities of heaven. The saying goes, "if you are too heavenly minded, you are no earthly good," but here in Colossians, we learn, "if you are to earthly minded, you are no heavenly good." Romans 12:2 says, "be transformed by the renewing of our minds," so that we can know the will of God. Christianity is not an escape from this world but rather the source behind changing the world for the better.
Our life in Christ is our real-life; everything apart from Him is fake, phony, a lie. If you watched the Matrix series movies, you would see a typology of this understanding with the choice given between the red pill, which opens your mind to the reality of the truth, and the blue pill that keeps you ignorant. People say, "ignorance is bliss," no, ignorance is bondage! The truth may be hard to face but, it is the only path to freedom. This path to freedom comes not just by knowing the truth but by applying it. In verse 5, it says to put to death the sinful, earthly desires lurking within. How do we do that? The answer is Romans 8:13; we put the flesh asunder through the Spirit of God. The Word of God and the Spirit of God work together hand in hand. When we respond to a situation with truth, the Spirit empowers us to walk it out. The Spiritual life is the only way to experience deliverance from lying, greed, lust, anger, rage, malicious behavior, idolatry, etc., as described in verses 5-9.
Just as we get dressed every morning before we go to work, we must put on Christ Jesus, or we will fall back into our old ways. When we put on Christ, the way we see our world changes; we no longer get caught up in trivial things, for as it says in verse eleven, the only thing that matters is Christ. Our skin color does not define us or our cultural background; our identity is in Christ alone. Those clothed in Christ have put on mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, love, peace (vs. 12-15). To put this new nature on, we must allow the teachings of Christ in all their richness to fill our lives (vs. 16). If we genuinely desire the new life, we must invest time knowing the truth to remove the stinking thinking from our minds.
Life in Christ is not only in our church involvement; no, it affects everything, starting with our relationships with our family and then at work. Wives submit to their husbands; husbands are to love their wives, never treating them harshly. Children are to obey their parents, and fathers are not to aggravate their children. Employees obey their employers, working unto the Lord, trusting Him to provide all they need, expecting no favoritism, while employers are to be just and fair (Col. 3:18-25; 4:1).
To walk in this world and not be of it, we must be devoted to God through prayer. Intimacy with Christ imparts the sensitivity necessary to take advantage of every opportunity placed before us to share His love with everyone He sets before us (4:2-4).
The Great Reset the world needs is believers being born again, again, where they truly make Jesus Christ not just Savior, but Lord!