So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. (Colossians 3:1, 2 MSG)
Don’t look at my faith as a way to define yours. I am walking in the things God told me, I’m sure his message to you is not the same. Sometimes I hear people saying things like “people change when they start going to church”, “don’t judge me because you got all churchified”, “I don’t come around you because I don’t have myself together yet” and stuff like that. Would you stop kicking it with me if I got a stepdad? A new baby? A dog? Those are excuses and I won’t take them from you but don’t try and limit my relationship with God by your ability to understand it. If my walk challenges something in you, rise to the challenge or accept where you are. I won’t try to change you if you don’t try to change me. However, I would love it if you see a God given change in me and want one for yourself.
Since the day we heard these things about you, we have continued praying for you. This is what we pray: that God will make you completely sure of what he wants by giving you all the wisdom and spiritual understanding you need; that this will help you live in a way that brings honor to the Lord and pleases him in every way; that your life will produce good works of every kind and that you will grow in your knowledge of God; that God will strengthen you with his own great power, so that you will be patient and not give up when troubles come. Then you will be happy (Colossians 1:9-11 ERV)