We should not be cruel, harsh, and cold toward one another. He honors good workers, and so should we. And when he gave an order, they were quick to obey. Showing love to our co-workers is a good way to show that we love God (Matthew 22:37, 38, 39, 40). Bear with one another; forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins. . Will be revealed when He appears. We may feel like the songwriter David who, in the confusion of the moment, thought God had forgotten him. So let the resurrected Christ live in you By the end of his life, musician Giuseppe Verdi was recognized as a master of dramatic composition. Yet many times we ignore His warnings and intentionally wander into a forbidden area. It can even mean "to endure." 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). Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any one of you has a complaint against someone else. "God, let me live to serve." The New Man, Old Man, and the Holy Spirit 3:10-14. by Chester McCalley. We are to pray about everything. James Duff, in Flashes of Truth, told of a time when Fuller went back to his hometown to collect money for foreign missions. P. R. Van Gorder. Our Master demands that we should always do and be what is right. WHEN WE SERVE IN JESUS' NAME, Even for those who truly enjoy their jobs, it's nice to have a Labor Day breather. —M R De Haan II. The doctor told him that instead of getting upset, he should pause and count his blessings. Find Colossians 3:13 Sermon Illustrations, browse preaching ideas and sermon stories on Colossians 3:13 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. In chapter one, Paul commended the Colossians for their faithful witness. Instead of polishing and protecting our own image, we need to be guarding and reflecting the image of God, which is being perfected in us through Christ. Oh, never, never! We should take a very close look at where we are in our relationship with Him. But we can "be all there." Spend time in God's Word today so that others will see Christ in your attitudes and actions. Even though Jesus spoke the truth in a powerful, irrefutable way, and even though His works spoke for themselves, He did not receive the recognition He deserved. By, Your Spirit teach us to adorn our lives with the, attitudes and actions You have designed for us as a. public statement about our identity with You. But if you are Christ's disciple, you may affirm that you are risen in Him! Remember that love is the sash or belt that binds all of these garments together. A word spoken pleasantly is a large spot of sunshine on a sad heart. I can explain everything.". He will help us if we are. He liked to drop a tarnished coin into a beaker of diluted nitric acid. Engage in it with zest, AMEN. 3:18ff contain specific exhortations as well, but of a different sort than those in 3:5-17. Let's make certain that we never allow thanking the Father to become a lost art. Most people respond positively to someone with these virtues. — by Joe Stowell, Lord, help us to see ourselves the way You see us. No package went out of that shop without a printed message wrapped inside. 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). At last it was acting like an eagle again. 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. The words of our Lord are crucial if we are to be able to teach and help others effectively. Some people, when they admonish or teach others, assume a condescending or holier than thou attitude. One summer afternoon I climbed a hill near my home. The way we work can earn the respect of those who do not follow Christ (1Th 4:11, 12-note). The honking out of the night sent little arrows of prompting deep into their wild yesterdays. "Whatever you do," wrote Paul, "do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ" (Col. 3:23, 24-note). You may want to quit. Let's take time often to recall how God has rescued us from eternal death and has given us eternal life through His Son. Zealously walking His way; Blinded to the shortcomings, each sees only the other’s good points. In the person of Him I am crucified; De Haan —David C. McCasland. Thinking about our blessings directs our thoughts to God, the source of all good, and makes us grateful. In today's Bible reading, the apostle Paul emphasized that followers of Christ need to keep eternity in view. “Gertrude tells me you curled all those radishes. COLOSSIANS 3:17, YEA, through life, death, through sorrow and through sinning,  There is no fighting between His people. But Solomon was not talking about fashion. ), To forgive someone involves three things. HENRY EDWARD MANNING. Colossians 3 1Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Second, those who have trusted Christ as Saviour also have a new unity: "Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free" (v. 11). Yet all the while a bright crown of immeasurable worth was within reach just above him. He shall suffice me, for He hath sufficed: No matter what our task, it's our duty to work for God's glory (Colossians 3:23-note). My job, the real position that I hold, Colossians 3:13: Divine Forgiveness Admired and Imitated: C. H. Spurgeon. Scriptures: Colossians 3:22-4:1. Scripture: Colossians 3:8–17. Inwardly we are, or ought to be, studying how, in all, to please God, walking in His sight, doing them in His Presence, seeking to know how He would have them done. A similar idea and practically the same Greek word is found in 2:18, as we have seen, where the apostle is warning his readers not to let anyone judicially deprive them of their reward as though they were unworthy. And will give me a home in heaven by and by. We convince our-selves that nothing bad will happen to us or that we can turn back if we sense danger. Their wings fluttered a feeble response. Buttons, pins, and pennies, but no treasures laid up in heaven. —Ephesians 4:26-note, How did everything get so dirty so fast?" Well done." De Haan, When I arrived home from a trip, I announced to my wife, "I got a ticket when I was driving through Indiana." The apostle Paul said, “If ye, then, be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above” (Col. 3:1-note). We live in vain who give no tender token. In this sense, no job is better than another. How important for all of us to remember that the Bible admonishes. —Dennis J. He expected it to be exciting, but when he arrived he was told that he would be washing dishes. Yet studies show that men tend to do less than their share. How does it work? He replied, "For him there can be no such thing. First, it means to forego the right of striking back. What we wear is important. They have driven their horses by obscenity and kicks. But God is not kidding. Just remember that God must be the judge of your needs. 4. The two sat in silence for a few minutes while the minister stared at the flames in the fireplace. --Sper . This was true kindness in action. Each salad plate was adorned with two curled radishes! Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging 'round? Introduction. Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive any complaint you may have against one another. The boss may sign our paycheck, but the Savior issues our reward (Col 3:24-note). That's what makes me sad about losing him. Not just in control of something, but is He in control of all things? In fact, while the world may give lip service to these characteristics in a kind of patronizing kind of way, it looks down upon these traits and ascribes them to weak, timid, insecure losers. We should honestly say, “It’s for the Lord!” - R.W.D. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts” (vv.14-15). No effort I must shirk; Then he took the tongs and carefully picked up one burning ember from the flames and placed it on the hearth. No matter what my daily chores might be We read of "government and peace" (Isa. Some day your motives and reasons Hill be manifested (Col 3:4-note). One possible reason is that a husband today compares his efforts to how much his father did around the house. Colossians 3: 1-14. During his college years, my friend got a job one summer at a resort. 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. We are encouraged in the Scriptures to sing. A half-mile-wide avalanche buried four of the trespassers beneath tons of snow and rock. 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. As you encourage others by sharing God's Word from your heart, it will be music to their ears. It's morning already. They heard the wild call they had once known. Before Clara Schumann, the widow of German composer Robert Schumann (1810-56), would play any of her husband's music in public, she would first privately read over some of his old love letters. A boss shouldn't have to tell a Christian to use time well or to work hard. He calls it "the queen of all virtues, and probably the hardest to come by.". Keep your honor, your distance, and your close touch with God. He serves as a trustee at Criswell College, and regularly contributes to Open Windows, a monthly LifeWay devotional publication. "I had the whole house clean a month ago.". 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). An unforgiving spirit is often the last emotional fortress we yield to the power of God. I have been to the cross—have you? Piece by piece, the clutter piles up. Though the deed be never so fair, serve the Lord, where He hath placed them. In all the daily tasks we do, Probably in every life there is a lucid moment, when we take our bearings, and there flashes before us a glimpse of the life-work for which we were sent forth. Yet someday everyone will bow before Him and give Him the honor due His name (Phil 2:9, 10, 11-note). 2. And--God help me--whatever you do or leave undone, I'll love you. She writes, "When two-career families struggle, it is seldom simply over who does what. They’re lovely. His host watched in quiet reflection as the ember flickered and faded. On Jesus' bosom naught but calm is found.—E. For whom do I work? Colossians 3:1-11 “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. In Colossians 3:10,11 Paul revealed three truths about those who have put on the new man. During Bill Leslie's ministry as pastor of LaSalle Street Church in Chicago, there was a difficult period when he felt as if his soul was becoming a desert. This means that we are to submit ourselves one to another. DEVOTIONALS AND COMMENTARY, MOST OF THESE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE FROM OUR DAILY BREAD - Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. . He will calm the troubled waters. In Japan, the figure dips to 17 percent. 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. We are God's unique creation, His people, chosen to demonstrate His reality to the world in which we live. HENRY SCOTT HOLLAND Ironside, Moody Press, 1945, pp. About six years ago, I was speaking at a luncheon held in the civic auditorium of a city in Oklahoma. “The what?” Gertrude mouthed “The RADISHES!” “Is there something wrong with your radishes?” she asked. 4, no. If we're working for a critical, ungrateful boss, we'll tend to put forth minimum effort. The apostle Paul encouraged believers by writing, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly" (Col. 3:16-note). Take a look at God's dress code for us. Lord, grant me a love like Your own. 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). 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). I know he's right, but I hate to admit it. Want to get in touch? I'll see you in church on Sunday." 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. God's warning signs are posted for good reason.—D C Egner. These are the garments worn by the person who has been changed by Jesus. This process is described as putting off some behaviors and putting on others. When we disobey God and get into trouble, we tend to blame God for making His way too narrow. But love can shine upon the way Let us be kind.”. 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." It will make a difference in how you act, what you say, and where you go. 1-800-HOW'S MY TESTIMONY? We live in a world where we are constantly told we must promote ourselves. A RESORT in Breckenridge, Colorado, posted signs warning skiers to keep off a certain slope. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter!”. He’ll give what is lacking and make us prevail. Follow where Thy feet have trod; "I wonder why they don't widen this thing so it's not so hard to drive through." Don't misunderstand me. In childhood he was subjected to the insults of Ishmael, but there is no record that he became angry about them. —G.W. In many Christian circles mortal sins are always defined by sins of the flesh. A kind person is not abrupt or harsh but is soft-hearted, and genuinely cares about others. 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. Then came the surprise. And Paul wrote, "Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord" (Col 3:23-note). —D. It’s always an upgrade! 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. David sent for Mephibosheth, and 2 Samuel 9 concludes by saying, "So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king's table; and was lame on both his feet" (v. 13). A certain and undeniable change should have taken place. Books, consultants, and employment agencies offer to help us land our dream job. Dost Thou rekindle love's bright spark, After Verdi's fame had spread worldwide, the school was renamed the Verdi Conservatory of Music. will usually outlive a SERMON in the memory. the husband cannot live with his wife as Peter says unless he loves her in the way Paul means. Perfect love casts out fear (1John 4:18). The Lord is at hand" (Phil. 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. When we receive Christ, God's work isn't over-- Give us, O Lord, a strong desire His love will not fail us, He’ll guide with His eye; The eyes and bruised spots were carefully cut away. There were John 3:16 and John 5:24, Romans 10:9, and many more. Let us be kind. Finding himself on KP and facing a huge mound of potatoes, he peeled those potatoes with all the care of a sculptor carving in wood. A career military officer confesses to wearing combat decorations he did not earn. Let’s make sure old age doesn’t stop us from bearing fruit. —Philippians 4:8-note. A minister was concerned about the absence of a man who had normally attended services. The sincerity of our devotion is demonstrated by what we sing and do. Storm-swept by sorrow; Won't hurt and carelessly offend; Because he had Christ, he had peace with God, and since he had learned to commit everything to His care, he also had the peace of God. With slurred speech, several times he bounced "Praise the Lord!" Do we see it as a necessary evil that deserves the least possible effort? — Reprinted by permission. —How important is our fellowship in the local church? As you read Colossians 3:12-25-note, try including the word today with each verse. Choice by choice, un-pleasant consequences pile up. Testimony God's Omniscience Devotion. the officer in­quired. 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. Sue Shellenbarger, "Work & Family" columnist for The Wall Street Journal, has encountered hundreds of people who, she says, "essentially live for the future, taking refuge in visions of a relaxed, rewarding personal and family life somewhere down the road." Marietta crouched down close to the window and called to me, “Just remember this. Nor bring reproach upon His name. He will not desert the work of His own hands! Do you see a man who excels in his work? Mole shakes as he whispers, "Afraid," murmurs Rat, his eyes brimming with unutterable love—, "Afraid! But we must also make choices about another wardrobe--our attitudes and actions. (Alexander C. Dejong, Leadership, Vol. When I opened my suitcase, tucked between my clothes was what I thought I had lost. For numberless blessings given; That's His will for a student writing a term paper or for an architect designing a soaring skyscraper. But experience teaches us that a pilot who keeps his eye on the hazard will sooner or later hit it dead center. The books and magazines they read, the TV programs they watch, the conversations they engage in, and the activities they pursue reveal a vulture-like appetite. Taken up with the baubles of this world, they become defeated, delinquent Christians. We sing, "Just One Step at a Time" and immediately begin to worry about to-morrow! Inside, precious metal and blue porcelain cover the walls. Understandably, not everyone will agree on any single issue, but if only the person himself thinks he is right, he has reason to question his decision. Let all within you be thus imbued, not stiffly and artificially, but spontaneously and gladly, with the word of Christ dwelling in you richly by the Spirit; and so becoming Christ himself dwelling in you as the word of life. He sat back in his chair, still silent. 3:20). Our situation may be difficult. Do not let the sun go down on your wrath. And if not, why not today? This is what kindness is all about. Lord, may I live that all may see This is not singing from our hearts. To do our work as to the Lord He is our Life, the living Fountain rising up in the well of our personality. Labor Day seems like a good time to take a closer look at what it takes to offer our employers our best. One of the best safeguards against a false peace is simply making sure that you have the desire to please Jesus Christ in all that you do. We are to do our jobs in the love of him who does all things well. A piece of cowhide would be cut to suit, then soaked in water. I heard your speech. When I’m about to leave the house, sometimes my wife, Martie, stops me and says, “You can’t go to the office dressed like that!” It’s usually something about the tie not matching the jacket or the color of the slacks being out of sync with the sportcoat. 'Tis we, not they who are in fault,  There is much we could say about the word of God, about its promises, its power, its prophecies, its principles and its priorities. People who repeat­edly commit these sins may be giving evidence that they have never really been saved (1John 3:4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9). His work was his ministry, and he loved his work; my, did he love his work. (From Back to the Bible), COLOSSIANS - BY MARY WILDER TILESTON Centuries ago the psalmist offered a prayer that we would be wise to echo: "Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips" (Psalm 141:3-note). In God's economy it is the lowly that are exalted and the proud who are brought down. —Sper 9:7). But press to realms on high. Does it seem that day after day you slave away at a humdrum job, performing repetitious tasks? That is, whatever your situation, be the very best you can be. This is nothing less than feeling towards others as God feels towards them. As he walked out of the room, Joe called out after him, "But, remember, if I get better, this doesn't count!". 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. Here in Colossians 3 verses 12-17 we are given clear and cogent instruction on what the new person in Christ looks like. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly …" (Col. 3:16). This is longsuffering, especially in the face of injury or insult. When God’s children, who are “seated with Christ in the heavenlies,” give their affection and attention to a world that is passing away, they lose the upward look. Three rows of "squash"--squash gossip, criticism, and indifference. But if that be so, He will reveal His will; He will gradually unfold our life-purpose step by step. The best way to live "in" the world is to live "above" the world. We’re living for eternity. In 1860, a ship went aground on the shore of Lake Michigan near Evanston, and Edward Spencer waded again and again into the frigid waters to rescue 17 passengers. While that may sound cynical, it's a realistic view of our lives--if we have no belief in a world to come. It seemed an endless operation to me, and I wearied of it many times. Select an option and chat directly with a member of our support team. Along with the specific instructions given to wives, husbands, children, and fathers (vv.18-21), include the word today. Molloy's advice centered on a basic premise--always dress like your boss. De Haan. 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. One secular writer speaking about today's television programs said, "The notion of indecency has become obsolete." --V C Grounds. The natural tendency is to concentrate on the obstacle, the danger, the thing he is trying to avoid. Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures, Colossians 3:12-17 12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. As a result, even in washing dishes, he was "all there.". 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.". --Strong Because of that, what are some of the practical instructions we are given on how to live? . —Dave Branon. No one can have a satisfying life without self-control, but struggling to repress sinful impulses like angry outbursts, violent responses, sexual immorality, lustful thinking, blasphemous lan­guage, lying, or cheating won't get rid of them. As he was mortally wounded, he knew there was no hope for him anyway. In the light of Colossians 3:2-note, isn't it time that you and I adjust our priorities? The most deceptive liars are those who live on the edge of truth. 5:7). Let his word, let himself in his word, give his own tone and temper to all your emotions of joy and sorrow; of fear, or anxiety or love, or hope. --Buell It dishonors God and degrades men and women. Then the hymns of praise, the fellowship of believers, and the preaching of the Word will bless your soul! Kindness is Christianity with its working clothes on. Your kindness, purity. If we're builders, we can cut wood and drive nails INDNJC. 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