As we walk along the Christian way; Consider your office to be a sanctuary, your home a place of ministry. –DJD So amid trivial things we may be, nay men are, in every station of life, pleasing God, that is, leading angels' lives, in that they are doing His will on earth, as the angels in heaven. And will give me a home in heaven by and by. God's standards may seem restrictive, but they're there for our protection. But confession and repentance are still essential to the Christian's daily life. It also reminds us of the spiritual blessings we have in Christ. Servants, obey... , fearing God (Colossians 3:22-note). How does it work? How are you described at the beginning of verse 12? Bunyan's words remind us that the rewards of heaven will have no appeal unless we set our mind "on things above, not on things on the earth" (Col. 3:2-note). And cleanse whatever may conceal But love can shine upon the way 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. 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. Sow a habit, and you reap a character; J. M. Thornburn wrote, "All the genuine, deep delight in life is in showing people the mudpies you have made; and life is at its best when we confidingly recommend our mudpies to each other's sympathetic consideration.". (From Back to the Bible). This is especially true in the giving of our money. —Richard De Haan. They have driven their horses by obscenity and kicks. AMEN. Observe the extent of this saying, an extent of which it is impossible to divest it. Whether songs of praise, worship, adoration, or dedication, they should emanate from the heart. That prayer is needed today more than ever. AMEN. The shepherd picked it up and set it on a high stone wall. When I referred to my confidence in the Son of God, he became very excited. ---DJD, If anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. "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). The Son of God was rejected by His countrymen because they didn't feel He had adequate training or the right family background (Mt. Still praying as I'm onward bound, In Christ for standing; Christ in us, for life; we with him, for safety. Getting rid of such things as anger, rage, and malice is a way of life, not a one-time event. Do not let the sun go down on your wrath. It was a lesson I have never been able to forget. Follow where Thy feet have trod; 5:23, ASV) will be with us, keeping us meanwhile "in perfect peace" (Isa. It wasn’t long till the eagle began to act like the chickens, scratching and pecking at the ground. F B Meyer. AMEN. During the early years of our marriage, my wife and I attempted to wallpaper our dingy Chicago apartment. This is not necessarily only a New Testament truth. Then the hymns of praise, the fellowship of believers, and the preaching of the Word will bless your soul! – P R Van Gorder, I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go into the house of the Lord.. --Psalm 122:1. Buttons, pins, and pennies, but no treasures laid up in heaven. As we do this, we are letting Christ live again in the sense that He is living out His life through us. SOME one will say, "He, there's the rub! We are to discard old ways of thinking and acting (Col 3:5, 6, 7, 8, 9-note) and "put on" new ways of living (Col 3:10-17-note). He honors good workers, and so should we. A career military officer confesses to wearing combat decorations he did not earn. —Sper Again, the theme of authority is present. Thus, children are exhorted to listen to their parents, recognizing that they are over them and have authority in their lives. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly" today (v.16). The life of slaves in the Roman Empire was not easy. 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). Husbands and wives who both have careers generally agree that it is only fair for them to divide household chores. Let's carry out Paul's directive in Colossians 3:17-note, "Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus." Does our faith in Christ have anything at all to do with our TV choices? 18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. I heard your speech. 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… Let us be kind. God has posted clear warning signs in the Bible to tell us what kinds of behavior and attitudes are off limits. COLOSSIANS 3:1-14 - WHAT'S THE CONNECTION? We read in today's Scripture about the skilled designers and weavers who helped construct the tabernacle. 1628 East 33rd Street Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612) 524-8150 When freely rendered in Christ's name. COLOSSIANS 3:17 - DO ALL THINGS FOR JESUS' SAKE - MARY WILDER TILESTON, Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him. 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. How will doing your work "as to the Lord" change your attitude and work habits? Oh, never, never! But experience teaches us that a pilot who keeps his eye on the hazard will sooner or later hit it dead center. 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. Christ is the end, for Christ was the beginning;  But when we buy a field, we are often preoccupied and engrossed with it, and all it stands for. And help me flee all sin and shame We are to pray about everything. Inside, precious metal and blue porcelain cover the walls. ST. AMBROSE, THE repose, the quiet balanced rest which marks our Lord's perfected life, is intended to grow more and more steadfast in those who are truly His; not the repose of indolence, not the calm arising from absence of trial and lack of temptation, a mere accidental freedom from inward struggle or difficulty, but the repose which lives in the conquest of passion, in the crucifixion of self, in a subdued will, in the reconciliation of every thought with a perfected obedience, as the whole inner being, entranced in God, yields itself in delighted harmony with His perfect mind. It is only in Christ we find the holiest and purest motive; in Him love takes the place of selfishness (2 Corinthians 5:14, 15).2. Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. Some years later at his funeral, it was noted that not one of the people he rescued ever thanked him. When we finished, it was raining heavily so we hurried across the parking lot to the car. With 100+ Bible-based curriculum packages to keep your kids engaged, you'll find the perfect children's ministry resources for your Sunday School and kids ministry classes. As we flip from channel to channel, is there any connection between what we decide to watch and what is in our heart? Christians are a "heavenly" people. His love will not fail us, He’ll guide with His eye; 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. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®. They’re lovely. He was a remarkable person. I believe it's the moral standard found in biblical teaching. Paul instructed Christians to work "not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. --D C McCasland. The Bible says that we should clothe ourselves with kindness, gentleness, and patience. —Chisholm. Colossians 3:17-4:1 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Do they holy will of God. We are encouraged in the Scriptures to sing. But when we realize how much God has forgiven us, we are compelled to extend mercy to others. There shall never be a cloud between us for a day; no, sir, not for an hour. Whenever there is a doubtful issue to be decided, and by one course your peace may be disturbed, whilst by another it may be maintained, choose those things that make for peace, whether for yourselves or others. Once we invite Jesus to enter our lives as Savior, He goes to work to restore the original image. 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. I can explain everything.". --M R De Haan II. Kelley’s remarkable feat is a reminder to each of us that we must stay active as long as we can. That took a lot of time!” “I’m not on the planning committee, but Gertrude is,” my table mate responded. Daily work takes on eternal value when it's done for God. Give glory to my Lord alway, The love that the husband is commanded to have for the wife is not primarily sexual or emotional (though both of those concepts are involved); it is a love that loves in spite of the response (or lack of it) in the one loved. Learn to give, and not to take; to drown your own hungry wants in the happiness of lending yourself to fulfil the interests of those nearest or dearest. 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.". As a result, even in washing dishes, he was "all there.". 5:7). You ask yourself the same question you ask every morning. She was smiling as though we had found her on a sunny day in an especially delightful garden. 119:165). But a working wife today is looking for more than that. David Crain Hidden Treasure ℗ 2014 David Crain Released on: 2014-10-09 Auto-generated by YouTube. Yet, somehow, he seemed to thrive and that perhaps to a greater extent than my employer, Mackay. 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. When we do this, God works on our behalf. Someone took special care to do these.” “Don’t they all have them?” she asked, gazing out at the tables. Warren Wiersbe illustrated this problem in his commentary on Colossians. The world thinks little of meekness, yet it is the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. It's impossible to hold on to anger when our hands are full of gratitude.—D J De Haan, COLOSSIANS 3:15- THE ARBITER IS PEACE - Elisabeth Elliot. They were Christ's servants, and they represented Him in the marketplace or the home. We must say No to self, that the life of Christ may become manifest in and through us, and our standing become a reality in daily experience and conduct. The words of our Lord are crucial if we are to be able to teach and help others effectively. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts” (vv.14-15). You lis­ten to the clock radio for the weather report. 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. 1. The Cobbler “Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col. 3:17). Imagine what life would be like if nobody bothered to do the job you do. —Anon. Old Joe was dying. Be a lady. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. One of the Spirit’s roles is to form the likeness of Christ in us. Phoebe and the others were essential to the life and work of the early church. Lord, help me to please You by telling the truth, "Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them" (Ps. See to it that nothing hinders the output of His glorious indwelling. Sometimes, in the emotion of the moment, our minds play tricks on us. A shirt, pants, and a hat or cap. As he walked out of the room, Joe called out after him, "But, remember, if I get better, this doesn't count!". That is, whatever your situation, be the very best you can be. The next time you are trying to decide what to wear, why not put on a little kindness, gentleness, and patience? But we can "be all there." Someone has ob­served that "when the heart moves devoutly with the voice, true heart-singing results." I am doing this for the glory of God. 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. So if we put on these "clothes" every day, we'll never be out of season. Engage in it with zest, Then he took the tongs and carefully picked up one burning ember from the flames and placed it on the hearth. According to a New York Times article, the historic structures are in advanced stages of disrepair, and buyers must restore each property "consistent with its historical architecture." You and I can also be effective witnesses if we know, love, and walk with Jesus the way Mary does. Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Gentle in spirit, lowly in mind; 'Tis we, not they who are in fault,  How important for all of us to remember that the Bible admonishes. 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. My own experience can help answer this question. Taken up with the baubles of this world, they become defeated, delinquent Christians. 3. "Come; for all things are now ready. God's warning signs are posted for good reason.—D C Egner. A SONG coupled with SERVICE Good relationships are built not only on what is done but why. Each person who trusts Christ as Saviour has "put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him" (v. 10). The psalmist said that the righteous “shall still bear fruit in old age” (Psalm 92:14-note). It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23-24, NIV). He will protect you. As an unfortunate prerequisite to retirement? To me for the sins I've committed; When thou hast learned to do all things to Jesus, it will shed pleasure over all dull things, softness over all hard things, peace over all trial and woe and suspense. Yes, this is what God's grace can do Blinded to the shortcomings, each sees only the other’s good points. —Fasick Let God’s peach act as umpire. Don't be like the vulture. For years he had been at odds with Bill, formerly one of his best friends. Colossians 3 lists some of the virtues with which we should clothe ourselves every morning: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. NOTHING IS more disastrous than aimless drift! His work was his ministry, and he loved his work; my, did he love his work. That brings it all together in perfect unity. --R W De Haan, The house of God should be a place 17 And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. ", Today in the USA we honor labor. In a sense, Jesus is our “brand,” for we are being conformed to His image (Rom. Their wings fluttered a feeble response. Now they can hardly persuade the horses to start working, because there is no obscenity and no kicks.’” - D. J. 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. The ex-sailor became a small businessman in London, supplying select potatoes, peeled to perfection, to the best restaurants in the city. “Let Christ’s peace be arbiter in your hearts; to this peace you were called” (Col 3:15 NEB). “Gertrude tells me you curled all those radishes. He told about a ministerial student in Evanston, Illinois, who was part of a life-saving squad. God is pleased with work done well. Because your work is for the Lord, 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.". The mummy of the king is en-closed in a beautifully inscribed, gold-covered sarcophagus. He was instructing us to find joy in everything we do and to express it in ways that show faith in God even at times when life doesn't seem to make sense. He will calm the troubled waters. We ourselves must be right with the Lord is we are to lead our children to Him. The oil, of good cheer to the downhearted one–Oh, how much it may mean! The oxen of Christ's time have their counterpart in the machinery of to-day--the traction engine and the motor-car. To love others and care for their needs. Heart and hand active in service, According to one poll, only 43 percent of American office workers are satisfied with their jobs. In Colossians 3, the apostle Paul told followers of Christ to put on a new uniform. AMEN. Is Christ in control of your life? Then we turn away from that life and toward the new life in Christ that is filled with grace and peace. The Word of God comes to us with a sense of urgency and immediacy, calling us to obey now, rather than somewhere down the road of life. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” “Dress for success” is still common advice that is wisely considered. Men become so deeply interested, that they have no time or energy for anything else. HE GETS THE GLORY. A word spoken pleasantly is a large spot of sunshine on a sad heart. We may be sure, though, that these waves of trial are intended to bring us nearer to Himself, to encourage us to set our minds "on things above, not on things on the earth" (Colossians 3:2). While they may not walk around staring at the sidewalk, they are so engrossed with the things of this life that they give little attention to spiritual and eternal values. —Julie Ackerman Link, We're thankful, Lord, that when we fall As a young boy, theologian Alister McGrath enjoyed experimenting with chemicals in his school's laboratory. We must be careful to be properly dressed each day. The Lord can change our selfish attitudes and fretfulness through our meditation on His Word. —Dawe Could you go there in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ? "Instrumental music can be a blank place in worship for the deaf," she told me. Late one year, while following a Bible-reading schedule, I came to Ecclesiastes 9:8, which states, "Let your garments always be white." Then the effect of Righteousness will be Peace. P. R. Van Gorder. If humbly we confess our sin, —. 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!" 4:24-25): it is to be the pattern of our holy life (Rom. But now it's rare to find anyone, except some members of the clergy, who has studied that ancient tongue. If you hear Him say, “You can’t go out like that!” let Him lovingly take you back to the closet so He can clothe you with His likeness. Colossians 3:17. PRAYER - O God, the God of all Goodness and all Grace, Who art worthy of a greater love than we can either give or understand; fill my heart with such love towards Thee as may cast out all sloth and fear, that nothing may seem too hard for me to do or to suffer in obedience to Thee. Robinson concluded, "I guess the clothes made the difference. "Do all in the name," etc. 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). The story is told about a wounded soldier who was being taken to a hospital tent by some of his comrades. Let us go steadily forward reckoning on our Almighty Friend to supply the needed grace, wisdom, and strength. . —H G Bosch. Till the final victory’s won. So sadly in life's song; In the first century, Christian slaves had even less reason to be enthusiastic about their work. --Strong The apostle Paul had never been to the church in Colosse, but he had heard all about it from Epaphras. Do even more with Sermons4Kids Plus! "Oh, yes!" Write out verse 12. Did anyone here get any new clothes for Christmas? God endows each soul for a distinct purpose. that your life will be a rebuke to sin wherever you go! And bow before God there. Author of 150 books, Toyohiko Kagawa was a teacher, a poet, a philosopher, a scientist, and an evangelist. . For a vast portion of the workforce, that's the best reason they can muster for going to the job each day. she said, beaming. --HARRIET MCEWEN KIMBALL, THESE are duties which belong to us alike, whatever our outward lot be, whether rich or poor, honored or despised, amid outward joys or sorrows. The God of our salvation. Sometimes you need just the right hat or a cap to complete your outfit. Being honest in words and in deeds; And whenever opportunity offered, the customers were spoken to kindly and tactfully about the importance of being born again and the blessedness of knowing that the soul is saved through faith in Christ. Most TV productions are not governed by the guidelines God wants us to follow. Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging 'round? 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 cannot sin to the glory of God. But Paul gave them a way to grasp a glimpse of glory amid the grind. "O God, make me like Christ.". DEVOTIONALS AND COMMENTARY, MOST OF THESE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE FROM OUR DAILY BREAD - Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. It is in such a spirit that each of us should step out to face life: "I am going to win through, by God's grace.". All that we long to become will find fulfillment when we see Jesus. 10:31). Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. His was a spiritual kingdom of truth and love. We need to keep going for God. We sing, "For the Beauty of the Earth" and then litter it with garbage and debris. She’s in the kitchen.” So Gertrude and I went into the kitchen, and there I met Marietta, the lady of the radishes. You may have an employer who doesn't appreciate you or pay you what you're worth. Perhaps you've had the same experience as Bill Leslie. . 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. --Buell About six years ago, I was speaking at a luncheon held in the civic auditorium of a city in Oklahoma. Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures, But our view of life changes dramatically if we put God into the picture and take into account the eternity that stretches beyond time. 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.". In good and honest work. The Christian shoemaker does his Christian duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship. Forsake those things that soil the mind -- It will make a difference in how you act, what you say, and where you go. I marvel when I see a carpenter make things fit without measuring and remeasuring again and again. In Jesus' name we pray, amen. I had to agree. No package went out of that shop without a printed message wrapped inside. But you are working for Christ. At one point I even had to remove a poorly-hung section of paper and go to the store to buy more. As he was mortally wounded, he knew there was no hope for him anyway. 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. 5:1), so the experience of peace in the soul, in union with Christ and through the presence of the Holy Spirit, will at once settle every difficulty, resolve every conflict, and show us what is the will of God. 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. (Col 3:12-14 JB). With practice, anyone can master the art of thankfulness. His people were making so many demands that he was becoming spiritually drained. (Amen! “I’m impressed by the radishes, “ I said. Isaac also accepted the rebuke of Abimelech in meekness. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing. 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