Clothing ourselves with Jesus’ attitudes and actions shows His presence in our lives. You may have an employer who doesn't appreciate you or pay you what you're worth. In the process, his health was permanently damaged. Although we claim the truth was meant, --PAUL GERHARDT, WE have cause to suspect our religion if it does not make us gentle, and forbearing, and forgiving; if the love of our Lord does not so flood our hearts as to cleanse them of all bitterness, and spite, and wrath. When I reached the top, I stretched out on the grass to relax. Then came the surprise. COLOSSIANS 3:1-14 - WHAT'S THE CONNECTION? "God, let me live to serve." The context in Colossians shows us: You are God’s chosen race, his saints; he loves you, and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience. Five rows of "lettuce"--let us love one another, let us be faithful, let us be loyal, let us be unselfish, let us be truthful. This godly leader then made a statement I shall never forget: "I have determined in my heart to show love and kindness toward this Christian leader with all that I have." 1:18-20); it contains the promise of our own physical resurrection (1 Thess. Available in English and Spanish! We can succumb to selfish, earthbound thoughts, blurring our view of anything beyond the end of our nose. 1:19,20). Colossians 3:12 Numbers 12:3; Galatians 5:22,23; MEEKNESS:STRENGTH UNDER CONTROL BY THEODORE EPP. Blinded to the shortcomings, each sees only the other’s good points. Having a job can be hard work. He was a man who believed in doing his best, no matter what the task. Heart and hand active in service, As you are choosing what you are going to wear each morning, do you ever give a thought to what the Bible says about how we should clothe ourselves? Among his requests, Paul asked that they would give joyful thanks to the Father because He had rescued them, moving them from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of His Son (Col 1:12, 13-note). This refers to a gentle, gracious disposition. That took a lot of time!” “I’m not on the planning committee, but Gertrude is,” my table mate responded. We renounce sin in all its forms and repent of our old, broken way of living for ourselves. One small portion of God's vineyard —Chisholm. Because I think he would have worked for a long time more if he could have, yet he accepted that with all of his heart and was ready to go to heaven.". One secular writer speaking about today's television programs said, "The notion of indecency has become obsolete." . The two responsibilities the husband has in the family are to dwell with his wife according to knowledge and to render to his wife the honor which is due her because she is his wife. He’ll give what is lacking and make us prevail. But experience teaches us that a pilot who keeps his eye on the hazard will sooner or later hit it dead center. We attract others to Christ when we put on His attributes, which include tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering (Col. 3:12), and, above all, love (v.14). If you are truly abandoned to the Lord, He will show you if/when He has a different assignment for you. If we enter a church service expecting a blessing, we have taken the first step to receiving one. It is the proof of our acceptance of Christ's death and of our acceptance with Him (Rom. Each of us has a responsibility to God, as long as He gives us physical and mental strength, to work heartily “as to the Lord” (Colossians 3:23-note). Although King Tut apparently believed in an afterlife, he thought of it in terms of this world's possessions, which he wanted to take with him. Man has no lack when God is his supply. If you've ever wanted to live in a castle, this is your chance. During his college years, my friend got a job one summer at a resort. Until these prevail universally, however, "the God of peace himself" (1 Thess. One of the very first decisions that you and I have to make every day is the decision about what we are going to wear. Sometimes I see little girls wearing T-shirts that say, "Princess" or "2 Cute." Again, the theme of authority is present. . There are great numbers who go through the motions of religion, claiming to honor the risen Christ, and yet they don't really believe in Him, either in the significance of His death or in the literalness of His resurrection. —D C McCasland.       May guile depart, and discord cease,  They who tread the path of labor The purest motive to duty. He knew he had to master his weakness, so he went to a doc­tor to find out what he could do to control himself. The best way to live "in" the world is to live "above" the world. Sow an act, and you reap a habit; It is wonderful to realize that, as believers, we live by the power of Christ's resurrection life. Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging 'round? The God of our salvation. Let those who are tempted believe this, and assert it in the face of the tempter, counting upon the Holy Spirit to make their reckoning a living experience. “I have to go home now.” I slipped inside the car. Gives us the motivation Sometimes, in the emotion of the moment, our minds play tricks on us. “Gertrude tells me you curled all those radishes. Dare to trust Him and keep in step with Him as He leads you onward. 4. Let us go steadily forward reckoning on our Almighty Friend to supply the needed grace, wisdom, and strength. When we are wear­ing these, we will deal properly with situations that arise, our friendships will be strengthened, and we will have the satisfac­tion that comes from knowing that we are pleasing the Lord. Turn your eyes off yourself; look up, and out! On Wednesday evening we sing, "'Tis the Blessed Hour of Prayer" and then allow our thoughts to wander aimlessly while others pray. But he also lost something—the glory of sunlight, the radiance of the stars, the smiles of friends, and the freshness of blue skies. Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” This means that we should fill our lives up with God’s goodness. Even though our beginnings may seem insignificant, we can look forward to a glorious, happy ending. And because God makes no distinctions between the categories mentioned in verse 11, neither should we who know Jesus Christ as Saviour. Lord, help me be kind and forgiving— Let the word of Christ so dwell in you. Only to the extent that we serve and forgive can we become like Jesus. The Scottish preacher John McNeill liked to tell about an eagle that had been captured when it was quite young. The late Fred Rogers, creator and host of the much-loved children's television program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, had a special understanding of his ministry and his work. When he told people something, they believed him. Osgood If we cannot do what we plan to do for the glory of God, if we cannot give thanks for it, if we cannot do it in His name, if we would not feel right in praying about it, then we should not do it. Before long it was cold and dead. Even our greatest achievements are like sand castles children build on the seashore, which quickly wash away. And on Thyself rely; I believe it's the moral standard found in biblical teaching. I glanced at her nametag, then looked more closely to make sure I had read it correctly. And Paul wrote, "Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord" (Col 3:23-note). The new man lives in the bod y of the old man and so must put off vices and put on Christian _____ Therefore we should never give in order to receive the praise of others, but because we love God and desire to see His name honored and glorified. THINKING IT OVER -What kind of attitudes are revealed in my daily work? COLOSSIANS 3:17, YEA, through life, death, through sorrow and through sinning,  Let us therefore day by day say: "Lord Jesus, wrap Thyself around me, that I may go forth, adequately attired to meet life's demands." When we finished, it was raining heavily so we hurried across the parking lot to the car. SOME one will say, "He, there's the rub! --Buell What you do might seem far removed from the grand design and purpose of God's kingdom. But if our work is done for Christ, we'll strive to do our best all the time. The psalmist said that the righteous “shall still bear fruit in old age” (Psalm 92:14-note). Even if no one shows appreciation for your hard work, you can be sure that one day the Lord will reward you (Colossians 3:23, 24-note). So people clearly see - LORENZO SCUPOLI, To "do all things in the name of Jesus" is the lesson of a life; do not be angry with yourselves, nor despair of ever learning it, because thou art slow to learn the first few syllables. Someone has called this “reverse reasoning,” giving the following examples: “She married him because he was ‘strong and masculine’; she divorced him because he was a very ‘dominating male.’ He married her because she was so ‘fragile and petite’; he divorced her because she was so ‘weak and helpless.’ She chose him because ‘he knew how to provide a good living’; she left him because ‘all he thought about was the business.’ He married her because she was ‘steady and sensible’; he divorced her because she was ‘boring and dull.’” - H. G. Bosch. At last it was acting like an eagle again. Yes, I'm saved, but do I know Him Buttons, pins, and pennies, but no treasures laid up in heaven. Follow where Thy feet have trod; --Colossians 3:4-note. ", COLOSSIANS 3:23 - WORKING IN GOD'S GARDEN, Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. A word spoken pleasantly is a large spot of sunshine on a sad heart. The English word "if" is employed here in its sense of "since"--"in view of," and the verb is in the indicative mood, so that Paul is clearly assuming this resurrection as a fact, admissive of no doubt. I expect to see every shoe I have ever repaired in a big pile at the judgment seat of Christ, and I do not want the Lord to say to me in that day, ‘Dan, this was a poor job. But David never took advantage of Saul; in fact, Saul's son Jonathan became his closest friend. -- Oatman But when we trust Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, we are forgiven and the restoration begins.—Vernon C Grounds. Those brief petitions reveal the spiritual dynamics of a truly Christian lifestyle. Unless and until our sin-tarnished souls are cleansed by Jesus' forgiveness, God's image is obscured in our lives. --Gustafson Inside, precious metal and blue porcelain cover the walls. broken, COLOSSIANS 3:15 - F B Meyer - Our Daily Homily, The peace of God is the peace of the Divine nature — the very tranquillity which prevails in the heart of the God of Peace. We stand on the mount of vision, like Moses, and see the pattern of the tabernacle, which we are presently to erect. (Col 3:12-14 JB). (See 2Corinthians 5:14-note), When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. When we honor God and help people, then our work and ministry blend together in pleasing service to the Lord. Like dewdrops falling from heaven. As we flip from channel to channel, is there any connection between what we decide to watch and what is in our heart? Now they can hardly persuade the horses to start working, because there is no obscenity and no kicks.’” - D.J.D. The image on the TV screen captures our attention and we sit down to watch. I had a problem accepting his admonition, though, for he was roaring drunk. I admire the truckdriver who masterfully backs his big rig into a tight space more easily than I do a small trailer on a 16-foot-wide driveway. And thus he passed through life lubricating all hard places and making it easier for those who came after him. The second accounts for many unhappy marriages. At the same time, this does not mean peace at any price. We live on earth, but "our citizenship is in heaven" (Phil. A minister was concerned about the absence of a man who had normally attended services. Then will life be glad, when thou livest to Jesus; and how sweet death, to die in Jesus; with Him, and to Him, and in Him, to live for evermore. In my interviews, a surprising number of women spoke of their fathers helping their mothers 'out of love' or consideration. But now He is reigning forever on high, "But God...even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ" (Ep 2:4, 5-note). Of him? ---DJD, If anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 2 Think only about the things in heaven, not the things on earth. This is not singing from our hearts. The Bible draws no such distinction, however. —Dave Branon, Growing old but not retiring, As I looked in his window, I often noticed that he never pounded the soles at all, but took them from the water, nailed them on, damp as they were, and with the water splashing from them as he drove each nail in. With one look at the shattered glass, we realized that we had forgotten to put our GPS (global positioning system) out of sight. They have driven their horses by obscenity and kicks. . Christ the beginning for the end is Christ. But we are bound to depart empty handed if we merely go out of a sense of duty, attend with a critical attitude, or bear ill will toward the pastor or fellow members. They were regarded as "things," and they had no rights. 1. "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God"  (Col. 3:1). Timidly, I said, “I notice you put the soles on while still wet. This bird that once soared high in the heavens seemed satisfied to live the barnyard life of the lowly hen. "For we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Cor. 4:5). Christ the King. Give me a spirit of thankfulness, Lord, “They’re pretty.” “They’re more than pretty,” I said. One of the paintings by Deitz, titled Unsung, depicts a crew of four mechanics who are working on a dive bomber. There is nothing wrong in having a team of oxen; on the contrary, it is a great and noble thing to plough up the virgin soil, and to make corn grow for the sustenance of the toiling millions of our fellow men. This is especially true in the giving of our money. Today let's evaluate our attitude toward our work. It is the kind of love that God has for the world (John 3:16) and is the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22). Instead of sitting around lamenting their fate and wishing they were somewhere else, they were told by the Lord to be faithful where He had sent them. Is He truly "all, and in all"? "Instrumental music can be a blank place in worship for the deaf," she told me. FROM BIBLE.ORG. For praise and reverent prayer; Our lives touch others but once, perhaps, on the road of life; and then, mayhap, our ways diverge, never to meet again, The oil of kindness has worn the sharp, hard edges off of many a sin-hardened life and left it soft and pliable and ready for the redeeming grace of the Saviour. --COLOSSIANS 3:3, Put on therefore a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving each other; even as the Lord forgave you so also do ye. Do I begin each day by acknowledging Christ as the Person in charge, the One for whom I work? It's morning already. See to it that nothing hinders the output of His glorious indwelling. Good relationships are built not only on what is done but why. I had to agree. Husbands and wives who both have careers generally agree that it is only fair for them to divide household chores. Articles of clothing. The major head-line declares: Entire World Celebrates the Risen Christ, and then the balance of the page tells how men and nations go on dis­regarding the blessings and grace which Christ by His death and resurrection provides. God gives an unlimited supply of grace. 1 You were raised from death with Christ. An unforgiving spirit is often the last emotional fortress we yield to the power of God. DO (Colossians 3:16-17) “ Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs… That way we can easily pick it up again and use it to our advantage. Give glory to my Lord alway, The Apostle Paul urged all Christians: "Let your moderation be known unto all men. We live in vain who give no tender token. Yes, in our joys and in our sorrows, in life's sunshine, or in the "valley of the shadow," we who are at peace with God can also know the peace of God which passeth all understanding. Do I take time to clothe myself with attitudes that please Him? In the first century, Christian slaves had even less reason to be enthusiastic about their work. Husband’s Responsibilities - Paul tells the husband to love his wife (Eph. But not one man . Let God’s peach act as umpire. will not be distracted by the things of earth. . We are to pray about everything. God endows each soul for a distinct purpose. When selling a used TV, for example, the seller may emphasize the great picture quality but neglect to tell the buyer that the volume control doesn't work properly. I cannot answer the first two. More like Jesus, day after day, Singing and praying and working, "But can't I at least get some water to quench your thirst?" (Amen! The Son of God was rejected by His countrymen because they didn't feel He had adequate training or the right family background (Mt. The farmer who snared the bird put a restraint on it so it couldn’t fly, and then he turned it loose to roam in the barnyard. On Jesus' bosom naught but calm is found.—E. As to the newly-married wife, there was no reason why she should not have accompanied her husband, there was plenty of room for both. We can't always choose our circumstances in life. Many writers and producers seem to be intent on pushing the limits of how much immoral and offensive speech the public will allow. —David C. McCasland. You ask yourself the same question you ask every morning. Philippians 2:12 and Galatians 5:16 also indicate that we are to work out the salvation that has been worked within us and that we are to live by means of the Spirit. 85:10; cf. In the spiritual realm, if we will read God's words of love to us until we are thrilled by their truth, His Spirit will fill our hearts and minds. And He expects your best. For example, Paul referred to Phoebe and said that she was "a helper of many" (Ro 16:2). Paul stressed to the believers in Colosse--and to us--that, as a result of their standing in Christ, they had a great responsibility to "seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God" (Col. 3:1). It was of this that Jesus spoke when He said, “My peace I give unto you”; for his own being was filled and blessed with it during his earthly career. 37-39 Potato Peeler, To suggest that peeling potatoes offers an opportunity for success would provoke a laugh from most people. On the same page a number of smaller head-lines appeared, and some of them read as follows: "Trouble in Vietnam." Third, those who have trusted Jesus Christ have a new relationship: "Christ is all, and in all" (v. 11). go to church with a good appetite, COLOSSIANS 3:23 - "KEEP THE WORKDAY HOLY". How does the Bible say we are to clothe ourselves? —Sper --Ephesians 2:10-note. Is appointed as your share. Whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, . IF! Love grows not only by what we do but also by our reason for doing it (Colossians 3:23). Christians are radically _____because they have been redeemed, regenerated & reconciled by Jesus. Some years later at his funeral, it was noted that not one of the people he rescued ever thanked him. We should never give just because we feel obligated to organizations or persons, nor because we desire to receive selfish recognition or reward. But if that be so, He will reveal His will; He will gradually unfold our life-purpose step by step. I love the Lord, but I still have some fear when I think of the day I will stand before Him. The warm fellowship of the church will keep your heart from growing cold. When Christ and His interests are the focus of our lives, the lure of the old life remains in the corner of our eye, while we aim to land squarely in the center of God's will. Some time ago, Money magazine told about Richard Osgood, who has faithfully kept a New Year's resolution that he made in 1936. THE HEART of true religion is to believe that Christ is literally within us. We cannot sin to the glory of God. In all the daily tasks we do, It's one of life's ironies that on Labor Day in the US and Canada, most of the workers get the day off. Christ is the end, for Christ was the beginning;  David Crain Hidden Treasure ℗ 2014 David Crain Released on: 2014-10-09 Auto-generated by YouTube. With one look at the shattered glass, we realized that we had forgotten to put our GPS (global positioning system) out of sight. I'm pressing on the upward way, Never mind if the world of men misunderstand you. Lord, guard our tongues so what we say 5:1), and the protection of God (cf. We can choose where to put our focus. Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. stay useful. In Eph 6:13, 14, 15, 16, 17-note is described the armour of the Christian soul; in Col 3:12, 13, 14-note the habit or dress which he wears beneath his coat of mail. But when we buy a field, we are often preoccupied and engrossed with it, and all it stands for. And what God purchased at the great cost of His only Son, He gives to us freely (Eph 2:5, 6, 7, 8, 9-note). In Colossians 3:10,11 Paul revealed three truths about those who have put on the new man. We translate our position into daily living as we say yes to Christ and no to sin. Either it is a mere empty exaggeration, or it goes to the extent of applying to all the acts of man's life, important or unimportant. . It was then brought to David's attention that Jonathan had a crippled son, Mephibosheth (v. 3). “Look, each salad plate at our table has curled radishes.” “Yes,” she said, exercising a questioning smile. Imagine what life would be like if nobody bothered to do the job you do. What a picture of the way we often treat one another! —P. They were overly concerned with man-made rules, so Paul reminded them of the holy laws of God and gave them these instructions: "Put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering" (Colossians 3:12). Someone captured the heart of this truth when he observed, "If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. New heights I'm gaining every day -- Is it wrong for a woman who has no children at home to work? “When I was an apprentice,” he said, “we used to lay the first two lengths of pipe—then the boss would turn on the water and we’d have to stay ahead of it.” Source unknown FROM BIBLE.ORG, Her bright smile and cheerful voice seemed unusual for someone working at a discount store checkout counter early in the morning. Did anyone here get any new clothes for Christmas? The psalmist wrote: "Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass" (Ps. She was about to give me a good scolding, but then I said, "Wait a minute! That must have been John Kelley’s attitude. The words of our Lord are crucial if we are to be able to teach and help others effectively. An old job can become new when we choose to do it for the Lord. Many couples are united in wedlock in a rosy fog of optimism. What does the peace of Christ do? He will protect you. He will not desert the work of His own hands! —Sper, COLOSSIANS 3:12,13 - TURN YOUR EYES OUT BY MARY WILDER TILESTON, Put on therefore, a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye. Being wise, powerful and loving, He can be fully trusted to do just what He says. His people were making so many demands that he was becoming spiritually drained. The minister pulled up a chair and sat next to him. We can't expect others to believe a message that is contradicted by our actions. Showing love to our co-workers is a good way to show that we love God (Matthew 22:37, 38, 39, 40). Every throw of the stone was planned, and at last the treasured toy was brought back to his waiting hands. —Dawe He should sweep streets so well that the hosts of heaven will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well. Later that evening, after phone calls and hours of growing worries, the unexpected happened. This practice is referred to as “guarding their brand.” The idea behind it is that shoppers will be more likely to purchase clothes because they will want to look like the people they see wearing them. Its deafening sound can all but drown out the voice of God's Spirit. Give yourself time to think about it and realize it.". — Reprinted by permission. Colossians 3:17 Christian Standard Bible (CSB). Reread Colossians 3:12-14. Let us be sure that whatever we do is for His glory. Even as Christians, we may cling to anger and bitterness, feeling that those who have wronged us should suffer for their offenses. An arbiter has absolute power to judge and decide. Be a lady. T. T. CARTER, Peace, when "ruling" the heart and "ruling" the mind, opens in both every avenue of joy. If we claim to be followers of Christ, our spiritual apparel is of far greater significance than our physical clothing. To earn my livelihood, still may I see As he faces the man yonder, who may be one of the swiftest and cleverest bowlers in the county, it is as though he says: "You may do your best, but I am going to win out!" He told her he felt like a pump, and his people so constantly pumped him that he was running dry. For years he had been at odds with Bill, formerly one of his best friends. The only way to see life clearly is to focus on Christ, In his book Hurrying Big for Little Reasons, Ronald Meredith spoke of a quiet spring night when the silence was broken by the sound of wild geese flying. (Mt. Author of 150 books, Toyohiko Kagawa was a teacher, a poet, a philosopher, a scientist, and an evangelist. People called him eccentric, queer, and cranky; but the old man went steadily on refilling his can of oil when it became empty, and oiled the hard places he found. New King James Version Notes, Thomas Nelson, p. 1212 (BIBLE.ORG), Many couples are united in wedlock in a rosy fog of optimism. 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