Practical Christianity For Daily Living


   Salvation is by the blood of Jesus. (Hebrews 2:9.) His blood was shed in His death. Baptism brings us into the death of Jesus. "Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?  Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." (Romans 6:3-4.) As Paul wrote to the Colossians he dealt with practical Christianity.


   Practical Christianity means seeking heavenly things: "If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God." (Colossians 3:1.)


   Practical Christianity means having a heart set on Godly living: "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth." (Colossians 3:2.)


   Practical Christianity means your life is hidden in Christ Jesus: "For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God." (Colossians 3:3.)


   Practical Christianity means putting to death sinful desires: "Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth:  fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience." (Colossians 3:5-6.)


   Practical Christianity means putting off sinful things: "But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.  Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds." (Colossians 3:8-9.)


   Practical Christianity means putting on Godly things: "And have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection." (Colossians 3:10-14.)


   Practical Christianity means allowing God's peace to rule your heart: "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful." (Colossians 3:15.)


   Practical Christianity means letting the word of Christ dwell in your richly: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." (Colossians 3:16.)


   Practical Christianity means doing all you do in the name of the Lord: "And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (Colossians 3:17.)


   Christianity is for every circumstance of life.  Literally, Christianity is life. It affects the way we talk, the way we think and the way we act. As a Christian all our actions and thoughts must be controlled by the Lord. Christianity is bringing every aspect of our life into obedience to Christ. "Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." (II Corinthians 10:5.) Christianity is for living every day, whatever the circumstance of that day may be. Until Christianity becomes practical and is lived every day it is not New Testament Christianity! Are you practicing Christianity in your daily life? Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:16)