Colossians 4:2-6 Our recent study of the list of biblical behavioral attributes naturally relates to being a child of God, as we see going back to the beginning of ch. 3. Those who are the children of God have a transformed perspective of life and eternity (3:1-4); they have a transformed perspective of the authority of God in Christ; they have a transformed perspective of sin (3:5-10); they have a transformed perspective of social standing (3:11); they have a transformed perspective of righteousness and Christian living (3:12-15); they have a transformed perspective of worship (3:16-17); and they have a transformed perspective of how to live at home (3:18-4:1). Every area of life is now transformed by our salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Now, having dealt with the nuts and bolts of daily life, at home, at church, at work, Paul tells us what principles ought to control how we interact with society in general. Truthfully, what he says is a little shocking to us- it is very far from our experience, but very close to the experience of so many around the world even in our own day. Paul was constantly seeking an opportunity to share the gospel, even while being imprisoned, and facing death, for his faith. In this he demonstrates that Christianity is not for the faint of heart, the self-centered, the narcissistic, and the worldly-minded. It is for those with a whole-hearted dependence on God in Jesus Christ.