When Paul wrote the following instructions to the congregations he had launched in Colossae, he clearly had in mind that believers should be easy to pick out of a crowd. Not because they wore their hair in buns, or had long dresses, or had a fine selection of “church hats.” Because they had their minds so set on another dimension that the interactions they had with the visible earth were strongly affected.
As you read this portion of his letter, imagine that he wrote it to the people in your congregation. Consider ways the Holy Spirit may be prompting you regarding whether you are fitting in or standing out:
So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. When the Messiah, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
Therefore, put to death whatever in you is worldly: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, God’s wrath comes on the disobedient, and you once walked in these things when you were living in them. But now you must also put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his practices and have put on the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of his Creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all.