Being crucified to the world also means putting to death all desires that are not in accordance with the will of the Holy Spirit. The world has a variety of pleasure, desire and satisfaction. These things should not color the life of a believer at all. That was why Paul said: So put to death whatever in your nature belongs to the earth: sexual immorality, impurity, shameful passion, evil desire, and greed which is idolatry.1 The words “put to death” in the original text (taken from its verb) is nekroo (νεκρόω) which could mean: to make dead, to put to death, slay, worn out, of an impotent old man, to deprive of power, destroy the strength of. Why do believers have to put to death all the earthly matters? It is because all earthly desires are the media of a person to be able to connect to the world. If that desires are removed, then one would not be able to be in fellowship with the world.
The phrase “put to death” in Colossians 3: 5 very strongly suggests that a believer earnestly should not provide an opportunity for all worldly matters to re-emerge in his life and influence or powering his entire action. When a Christian man is invited by a colleague to an inappropriate place to visit, he must have the principle that the place has been crucified to him, and he has been crucified to that place. For those who used to like such inappropriate place, should now begin having a principle that the place has been crucified to him. He will not look back. He will not return to the same place. In his growth, a believer who has crucified himself to the world -not only got away from that inappropriate place- but in all deeds and actions, he is always in accordance with God’s will.
The cornerstone is that we have to put to death all earthly desires because we have been raised with Christ.2 To become one with the resurrection of the Lord, certainly one must be united in the Lord’s death. Becoming one in the Lord’s death is a willingness to be in unconditional obedience to the Father in heaven. It is about an absolute and perfect obedience. This obedience has marked off the Lord Jesus in that He becomes the spring of salvation for all who obey Him. Those who obey Him are those who are willing to have great adventures like Him, putting to death self desires for the sake of doing the will of the Father and finish His work.
Death to earthly things is not a quick and effortless process, but it is a process that involves all of life, time and strength. Lord Jesus through the Holy Spirit continues to process believers or those who are in hunger and thirst for righteousness or those who love the Lord. In this case the determination of each individual to change has to be strong and permanent. Time that God has given should be accepted as an invaluable gift. Through the Gospel of truth, believers should experience renewed mind intensively every day. Otherwise when one reaches old age, one who fails “to be put to death” has never experienced it, so the personality of the Son of God is not found in him. It is to be warned, that the older a person’s age is, the harder it is to put to death his earthy matters.
The opportunity to experience death is very limited. So if this opportunity is wasted, then one can never be changed in accordance with the original design of God. In this case it is affirmed that there is no life without death. With the death from all earthly matters, then everything that is heavenly radiates in one’s life. The process of putting to death all worldly things is very effective and conducive for one who is in a difficult life situation.
1) Colossians 3: 5; 2) Colossians 3: 1