With practice, anyone can master the art of thankfulness. That prayer is needed today more than ever. —Psalm 92:14, A familiar saying goes something like this: “Old age is a matter of mind over matter. Let his word, or himself the word, dwell in you richly; moulding, fashioning, vivifying, regulating, your whole inner man; all its powers, faculties, affections; its susceptibilities and sensibilities; its movements of will. 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. are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory. 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. Nov 26, 1995. Today, tomorrow; Keep your honor, your distance, and your close touch with God. He did not even choose his own wife, as she was chosen for him through his father's arrangements and the leading of the Holy Spirit. They are the most worthy servants, whatsoever their employment be, that . —P. An experience in the life of English preacher and theologian Andrew Fuller illustrates this truth. I believe it's the moral standard found in biblical teaching. For example, we are to "put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language" (Colossians 3:8-note) and to "put on love" (Col 3:14-note). The dying man again shook his head saying, "No, thank you, sir. The other tomb, in Palestine, is a simple rock-hewn cave believed by many to be Jesus' burial site. I have seen people who call themselves Christians who have unforgiving spirits. The sharp turn, combined with the confining walls of this mini-tunnel, made the roadway seem unsafe for two-way traffic. –D C McCasland. Work becomes worship when done for the Lord. He serves as a trustee at Criswell College, and regularly contributes to Open Windows, a monthly LifeWay devotional publication. Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. Instead of stretching or bending the truth to serve our own agenda, let's heed the words of Scripture: "Do not lie to one another" (Colossians 3:9-note). broken, Then, with a smile on his face, the man said, "Thanks for the sermon, pastor. In Nomine Domini Nostri Jesu Christi, "In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.". The natural tendency is to concentrate on the obstacle, the danger, the thing he is trying to avoid. HENRY SCOTT HOLLAND In reviewing Isaac's life, we should also take special note of his spirit of meekness. 2:6). Daily work takes on eternal value when it's done for God. Then, let there go forth from you, not stiffly and artificially, but spontaneously and gladly and lovingly, streams of overflowing benignity and benevolence; rich and gracious influences of holy zeal and love and joy; to the glory of God, celebrated in songs of praise; and the edifying of the church, in wise teaching and admonition. As you encourage others by sharing God's Word from your heart, it will be music to their ears. (2 Sam. When the pastor arrived at the man's home, he found him all alone, sitting in front of a fireplace. Love grows not only by what we do but also by our reason for doing it (Colossians 3:23). De Haan But confession and repentance are still essential to the Christian's daily life. Only then did I recall that I had not put the items in the backseat after all. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. The Cobbler “Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col. 3:17). But let's make this even more practical. F B Meyer in Our Daily Walk, In his classic spiritual allegory "Pilgrim's Progress," John Bunyan paints a word picture of a man "who looked no way but downward.". Thankfulness seems to be a lost art today. In this crazy society people even shoot each other if someone disrespects them on the freeway. He didn't ask me about the sound." Their motto was, "The meek shall inherit the earth, if that's OK with everybody." A whispered prayer upon my lips Thinking about our blessings directs our thoughts to God, the source of all good, and makes us grateful. The love of Christ revealed in me, --Ephesians 2:10-note. When Christ's own likeness we pursue. To earn my livelihood, still may I see That experience broadened my understanding of Colossians 3:16-note, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." Teaching is the positive side of this coin. HE GETS THE GLORY. Some people are like that. Our weakest efforts will endure. 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. Does it seem that day after day you slave away at a humdrum job, performing repetitious tasks? 119:165). —Anon. One of his contacts was an old friend. You lis­ten to the clock radio for the weather report. 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. The fourth is what Christians are called to, always. Perhaps they’ve gotten a taste of some fleeting pleasure offered by the world and they’ve been spending all their time pursuing it. "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. The two sat in silence for a few minutes while the minister stared at the flames in the fireplace. Their foolishness and their unteachability never drive it to cynicism or despair; their insults and their ill-treatment never drive it to bitterness or wrath" (The Letters to the Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians [Louisville: Westminster, 1975], p. 158). 1:9), and also one with Christians, "called in one body," as Paul says here, there is no question as to the great power of divine peace in our lives. COLOSSIANS SERMON ILLUSTRATIONS, It was my chief responsibility to pound leather for shoe soles. Jesus commands us to love God (Mt 22:37) , yet Paul enjoins us to fear Him (Col 3:22-note). But we must also make choices about another wardrobe--our attitudes and actions. The combination of love and fear is the key to holy living. The eyes and bruised spots were carefully cut away. That's why Paul says in Colossians 3:1, 2, "If ye, then, be risen with Christ, set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.". There is a story of an old man who carried a little can of oil with him everywhere he went, and if he passed through a door that squeaked, he poured a little oil on the hinges. "The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me." But we are told to tolerate, to have patience with or endure these people. 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). But, they want to know, is it wrong for a single mother to work? I grumbled as I dusted the glass tabletop. Bunyan summarizes the tragedy: "There stood One over his head with a celestial crown in His hand, and proffered him that crown for his muck rake; but the man never looked up as he continued gathering to himself the straw, the small sticks, and the dust of the floor!". When presented with the need, the man said, “Well, Andrew, seeing it’s you, I’ll give you five dollars.” “No,” said Fuller, “I can’t take your money for my cause, seeing it is for me,” and he handed the money back. Everything seemed fine until Bill turned to go. Or could the key be discovering a new approach to our present situation? These comments about Christa remind me of a much deeper identification—the believer's spiritual union with Christ. This process is described as putting off some behaviors and putting on others. In addition to providing for Mephibosheth continually, David also restored to him the land that had been confiscated from Saul. Whether songs of praise, worship, adoration, or dedication, they should emanate from the heart. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another. God is pleased with work done well. "For we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Cor. His host watched in quiet reflection as the ember flickered and faded. Not just in control of something, but is He in control of all things? After the deaths of Saul and Jonathan, David asked, "Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake?" FABER, SELF-PREOCCUPATION, self-broodings, self-interest, self-love,--these are the reasons why you go jarring against your fellows. Is He truly "all, and in all"? Meekness, from a biblical perspective, is strength under control. Today let's evaluate our attitude toward our work. Identify the Genre Is it wrong for a woman to work because her husband insists on it? Then he told us what kind of uniform we are to "put on" (Col 3:12, 13, 14-note). Sow an act, and you reap a habit; The Christian should never be possessed by this type of attitude. MARY WILDER TILESTON, And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness. And that will require God's enabling grace. When I opened my suitcase, tucked between my clothes was what I thought I had lost. How will doing your work "as to the Lord" change your attitude and work habits? --DJD If you are truly abandoned to the Lord, He will show you if/when He has a different assignment for you. Humility enables us to be servants instead of insisting that others serve us. One rejects the urge to repay gossip with gossip and a bad turn with a worse turn. 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. He wants us to look like Jesus in our character. His renewed joy foreshadowed what is now ours to recall: Nothing can rob us of what is most important if our life is “hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3).— by Mart De Haan. Our Daily Walk. "I had the whole house clean a month ago.". "God, let me live to serve," and All service rendered to the Lord not just good intentions. This ties in beautifully with Paul's statement in Colossians 1:27: "Christ in you, the hope of glory.". She’s in the kitchen.” So Gertrude and I went into the kitchen, and there I met Marietta, the lady of the radishes. But if you are Christ's disciple, you may affirm that you are risen in Him! In wisdom we are to teach and admonish one another. Remember that love is the sash or belt that binds all of these garments together. But our view of life changes dramatically if we put God into the picture and take into account the eternity that stretches beyond time. Yet the thought of standing in the presence of a holy God awes me. Could you go there in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ? Good relationships are built not only on what is done but why. The truth here is that we are one other's keepers. Even as Christians, we may cling to anger and bitterness, feeling that those who have wronged us should suffer for their offenses. 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. We cannot see the souls Don't ask your people to quit pumping. Scriptures: Colossians 3:22-4:1. We sing, "For the Beauty of the Earth" and then litter it with garbage and debris. Such repose is attained through the continual progress of a life of grace, as it gradually overcomes the restlessness of nature, the excitements of self, the disturbance of temper or passion, the fruitless impatience of the will. But the eagle continued to wander around, scratching and pecking as before. We are encouraged in the Scriptures to sing. Oh, never, never! --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. The happiness that service gives Look in verses 12b-14. A SONG coupled with SERVICE Because He called Us, We Participate in The Peace of God We must have a right heart attitude. This is my constant longing and prayer; With a quick check of the backseat, I concluded that the thief also got my laptop, passport, and checkbook. Then we wonder how we ever got ourselves into such a predicament. --M R De Haan II. "I have that peace and I am going to the Savior who made that promise. There were John 3:16 and John 5:24, Romans 10:9, and many more. Rather, our work can be good and redemptive. The Lord Jesus cares about what we wear, too, but His concern is our spiritual apparel. It means that God loves us and wants the very best for us. 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. A manager said to me. He is our Life, the living Fountain rising up in the well of our personality. The Lord wants us to do what is right, and to do so out of love for Him. Their pride and ego was wounded and they cannot bring themselves to forgive another Christian for some offense. If you've ever wanted to live in a castle, this is your chance. There are to be no areas of his life where there are signs that say, “Private, husband only—wife keep out.”, The husband is to perform his two duties for a spiritual purpose: “That your prayers be not hindered.” The man who is not taking his wife into every aspect of his life and rendering to her the honor which is due her because she is his wife cannot communicate with her in the way that God intended; hence he cannot communicate with God either. will not be distracted by the things of earth. Small lies usually grow larger as we try to avoid discovery. Will be revealed when He appears. The wrong way is to leave sin unchecked, to compromise truth for the sake of unity, to allow the devil a foothold. Notice how the Apostle insists on this: "You died, you were raised with Christ, your life is hid with Christ. —D. He became the supreme example of His own teaching when on the cross He prayed for His executioners, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do" (Lk 23:34). This poor creature was on his knees in the dirt and filth, working constantly with a rake, trying to unearth some choice morsel that would enrich his life. And thus he passed through life lubricating all hard places and making it easier for those who came after him. Melchizedek was first King of Righteousness, and after that King of Peace. If you sense your spiritual well drying up, drive your pipe deeper. Two animals, Mole and Rat, meet Friend and Helper, who personifies God. COLOSSIANS 3:23 - "KEEP THE WORKDAY HOLY". Consequences of Life in Christ – Colossians 3:1-4. Husbands and wives who both have careers generally agree that it is only fair for them to divide household chores. Whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, . Clothing ourselves in Jesus’ likeness begins with spending time with Him. Developing A Heavenly Mindset (Colossians 3:1-4) “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. But the  Bible says Jesus was meek, and we know He was not weak. Being around them is never any fun, it is never a joy or pleasure. An unforgiving spirit is often the last emotional fortress we yield to the power of God. After Verdi's fame had spread worldwide, the school was renamed the Verdi Conservatory of Music. But when we realize how much God has forgiven us, we are compelled to extend mercy to others. 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). About six years ago, I was speaking at a luncheon held in the civic auditorium of a city in Oklahoma. 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." But on my return trip, I noticed that all the cars were negotiating the underpass quite well. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Ah, dear Marietta, I haven’t forgotten. The little boy became upset, for he thought that the one he had turned to for help was being mean. We read in today's Scripture about the skilled designers and weavers who helped construct the tabernacle. As we stand here at the beginning of a New Year it is a good time to reflect on the year that is ending and look forward into the year that is soon to begin. Let us go steadily forward reckoning on our Almighty Friend to supply the needed grace, wisdom, and strength. But it's futile to move from one job to another without settling the issue of whom we are serving. He wants you to live in a higher realm. He is talking about the kind of harmony that should exist among those people who really love the Lord, among those people in whom the Holy Spirit is living. But that's for good reason. The Biggest Book. James Duff, in Flashes of Truth, told of a time when Fuller went back to his hometown to collect money for foreign missions. We are beings with the power of choice, and we must decide to apply these truths to ourselves. Later, I spoke, and there was an encouraging response. With slurred speech, several times he bounced "Praise the Lord!" We are no longer in the realm of the god of this world, but have passed into the realm of the Risen Christ. Those who fix their eyes on heaven Ungodly language creates an immoral and unspiritual atmosphere, which is hostile to clean thinking and living. . And when he gave an order, they were quick to obey. Let God’s peach act as umpire. And bow before God there. Author of 150 books, Toyohiko Kagawa was a teacher, a poet, a philosopher, a scientist, and an evangelist. Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any one of you has a complaint against someone else. The forgiveness we offer is superficial, and it is given with a selfish motive. Hidden with holy care That's the second thing that happens when we clothe ourselves in these traits - we forgive one another, even as Christ forgave us. The warm fellowship of the church will keep your heart from growing cold. FROM BIBLE.ORG. People today are seeking to "one up" the next guy. —M R De Haan II, I have been to the cross where my Savior died, There were also others equally dis­couraging. But after his initial greeting he said nothing more. But he never ceased to love and serve God. The apostle says, Let it rule. Wanting to straighten things out, he sent word for Bill to come and see him. The Wind in the Willows, a children's allegory by Kenneth Grahame, illustrates the love-fear relationship. - THOMAS À. KEMPIS, Do what is pleasing to Jesus Christ, and neglect nothing which pleases Him. Inside, there is no gold, no earthly trea­sure, and no body. In fellowship with sister and with brother, All rights reserved, We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. Imagine what life would be like if nobody bothered to do the job you do. I looked and was astonished. - van Dyke If we claim to be followers of Christ, our spiritual apparel is of far greater significance than our physical clothing. —Joanie Yoder, Help me to watch and pray, . Inside, precious metal and blue porcelain cover the walls. Author: Illustration Exchange. James Deitz has produced paintings of airplanes and their crews that are so realistic they look like photographs. 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. One way we can do this is to observe the "fashion advice" of the apostle Paul. Whatever he happens to be doing at any moment is the biggest undertaking in his life, whether it be conducting a symphony or peeling an orange.". The sincerity of our devotion is demonstrated by what we sing and do. In all the daily tasks we do, We need to examine ourselves and see where we have been, where we are and where the Lord want… -Anon Once wandered o'er earth as the poorest of them; It may lubricate the whole day for him. Sermon Notes – 11/14/2010. Do we see it as a necessary evil that deserves the least possible effort? Give me a spirit of thankfulness, Lord, They were Christ's servants, and they represented Him in the marketplace or the home. --V C Grounds. In this sense, no job is better than another. This is a sermon on Colossians 3:1-17. It is an essential characteristic of the transformed life. When presented with the need, the man said, “Well, Andrew, seeing it’s you, I’ll give you five dollars.” “No,” said Fuller, “I can’t take your money for my cause, seeing it is for me,” and he handed the money back. In my knapsack you will find a New Testament. The Apostle Paul was never weary of re-affirming this great fact of his experience, and it would be well if each of us could say every day, before starting forth on our daily duty: "Christ is in me; let me make room for Him to dwell.". The world thinks little of meekness, yet it is the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. He decided to stay and be the best dishwasher he could be, concluding that he was really working for the Lord (Col. 3:22, 23-note). In the light of Colossians 3:2-note, isn't it time that you and I adjust our priorities? or O my!). The Epistle To The Colossians Sermon outlines based on the Epistle to the Colossians. 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