The Lord wants us to do what is right, and to do so out of love for Him. He will calm the troubled waters. But the treasures we store up in heaven we'll have for eternity. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Gal 2:20-note. I cannot answer the first two. Speak it. When we disobey God and get into trouble, we tend to blame God for making His way too narrow. I had a flat piece of iron over my knees and, with a flat-headed hammer, I pounded these soles until they were hard and dry. His inebriated condition shouted a loud protest to the sober truths that echoed through the streets. Often he repeated these 3 prayers: "Father, forgive." --H W Robinson. Feb 18, 2007. On Jesus' bosom naught but calm is found.—E. --HUGH BLACK, Love me always, boy, whatever I do or leave undone. Going on without relenting But Solomon was not talking about fashion. -- Henry G. Bosch. — by Julie Ackerman Link, O to be like Thee! To do that, we need to displace sinful desires with virtues. Yet studies show that men tend to do less than their share. This paragraph is a generic exhortation to seek the things above. Scripture often calls us to “put on” attitudes and actions that match our identity in Christ. But until the day comes when our work is over, our task is to make our labor a testimony to God's glory. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Christians are a "heavenly" people. —Sper Upon the wheel of pain so many weary lives are but what you put in the hours. By the end of his life, musician Giuseppe Verdi was recognized as a master of dramatic composition. Forgiveness is God's command to us and is part of a life of love, peace, thankfulness, and praise (Col 3:14, 15, 16-note). Humility enables us to be servants instead of insisting that others serve us. Jesus commands us to love God (Mt 22:37) , yet Paul enjoins us to fear Him (Col 3:22-note). 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." to show our love, we must live for Him! And make them one again. Storm-swept by sorrow; SARAH W.STEPHEN. But if our work is done for Christ, we'll strive to do our best all the time. --D C McCasland. In all the daily tasks we do, COLOSSIANS SERMON ILLUSTRATIONS, The apostle Paul said, “If ye, then, be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above” (Col. 3:1-note). --Buell Oh, never, never! There is another arbiter, too often forgotten. 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. Is Christ in control of your life? With that attitude, we can work enthusiastically and wholeheartedly, not just for a paycheck but for the glory of God. As a result, roles become a source of conflict. Or we can gaze through this sinful scene and fix our attention on things above, where Christ is seated at God's right hand-and we with Him! 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.B. “I have to go home now.” I slipped inside the car. The Peace of God in Our Hearts. What remains to be seen is whether our lives show that we really do believe we were united with Christ in His death and resurrection. 6:8). In Christ for standing; Christ in us, for life; we with him, for safety. If you've ever wanted to live in a castle, this is your chance. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23-24, NIV). And whatever you do, 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" (Colossians 3:22, 23, 24-note). 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). "O God, make me like Christ. And when he gave an order, they were quick to obey. Customer Service Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CT Monday - Friday Phone: (800) 458-2772. 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. Every throw of the stone was planned, and at last the treasured toy was brought back to his waiting hands. "Let the peace of God rule in your hearts" today (Col 3:15-note). NOTHING IS more disastrous than aimless drift! For praise and reverent prayer; Although we claim the truth was meant, Jesus had no reason to store up this world's trea­sures. Then the effect of Righteousness will be Peace. Through the rain, I could see a lady, carrying a large polka-dot umbrella that had collapsed on one side waiting by our car. I looked and was astonished. He may never enjoy more than a small but profitable business. His name will not go down in history. Does my fellowship with Christ shine through in my demeanor? Profanity and crude language are becoming more common on prime-time television programs. (Col 3:12-14 JB). We love the hymn, "Holy Bible, Book Divine" but spend most of our time reading newspapers and periodicals. 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. It is something Christ has done for us, in us and through us. Often when I have been tempted to carelessness, and to slipshod effort, I have thought of dear, devoted Dan Mackay, and it has stirred me up to seek to do all as for Him who died to redeem me. “Gertrude tells me you curled all those radishes. While driving along a highway, I have often seen vultures soaring high overhead, swooping down, and then rising up again with the air currents. Proverbs 22:29 says that a person who excels in his work "will stand before kings." —Anon. Do I take time to clothe myself with attitudes that please Him? MARY WILDER TILESTON, And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness. The Lord can change our selfish attitudes and fretfulness through our meditation on His Word. It's not wrong to seek work that fits our skills and interests. His work was his ministry, and he loved his work; my, did he love his work. Phillips' translation says because you are "Picked representatives of the new humanity, purified and beloved of God Himself.". —2Corinthians 3:18. We may feel that work is secular, but view leading a Bible study as spiritual. If so, I'll be dressed for success in God's service. I am doing this for the glory of God. Outwardly, we seem busied for the most part about common things, with trivial duties, worthless tasks. To “dwell together” with his wife means that the husband must take his wife into every aspect of his life. Some people, when they admonish or teach others, assume a condescending or holier than thou attitude. --D C McCasland. COLOSSIANS 3:15 (R. V.), MAY faith, deep rooted in the soul,  Verdi's experience reminds me of the experience of our Lord and of all who trust in Him. She had been selected from among many applicants to be the first teacher in space. Their symbol was a yellow traffic light." What is that standard? If someone asked, she was happy to tell them more. He often used an old British penny bearing the image of Queen Victoria. Colossians 3:15-17 "Be Thankful" Thanksgiving Day 2004 Introduction Today is Thanksgiving Day. In marital disputes, or those between labor and management, an arbiter is sometimes called in, often after much wrangling and bitterness. Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-05-23 Scripture: Colossians 3:16. ... Scripture: Colossians 3:10. 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. While that may sound cynical, it's a realistic view of our lives--if we have no belief in a world to come. Some had good masters and challenging work, but most were given menial tasks to perform. God's warning signs are posted for good reason.—D C Egner. The Bible helps us clearly see This is a sermon on Colossians 3:1-17. Estimates for restoration run from $7 million to $60 million per castle. The Apostle Paul urged all Christians: "Let your moderation be known unto all men. But experience teaches us that a pilot who keeps his eye on the hazard will sooner or later hit it dead center. Is that wonderful change in your life evident? After the service I asked her what she was saying during that time when no words were being spoken or sung. It's hard to do that when we're being bombarded by the ungodly images presented on television. It must be remembered that we are not robots, operated by push buttons. The second accounts for many unhappy marriages. The apostle first calls attention to his readers having been "raised together with Christ" (ASV). Though the deed be never so fair, 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). Some people are like that. 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. A certain and undeniable change should have taken place. Buttons, pins, and pennies, but no treasures laid up in heaven. 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. For to him that loveth, nothing is difficult, nothing is impossible; because love is stronger than death. God entrusted to your care? Free shipping on books, Bibles, gifts, VBS and Church Supplies of $50 or more. --JULIANA HORATIA EWING, COLOSSIANS 3:15 - William Henry Griffith Thomas 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. In His resurrection power? Tweet; Share; We have now spent a month and a half inside of Colossians and we’ve pretty much been going in the same direction all along. This is a new relationship where Christ is in absolute control. 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. --Colossians 3:23. We cannot see the souls Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. Drive the pipe of faith and prayer deeper until once again you strike the living water of God's grace. But because the Lord loved you . But if you are Christ's disciple, you may affirm that you are risen in Him! “Andrew, you are right. The pale, serious-looking, grease-stained men are working tirelessly to get the plane ready to go back into battle. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” “Dress for success” is still common advice that is wisely considered. Each should result in honor to God. Beginning now in chapter 3, Paul gives some basic and practical admonitions that pertain to living a life in Christ 3. The Bible urges us to "put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; . I’m afraid that some Christians are like that man. His joy you'll find as you obey. Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. I told him the picture was great. In Colossians 3, the apostle Paul told followers of Christ to put on a new uniform. To show His love, Jesus died for us; One author puts it this way: "Forgiveness is surrendering my right to hurt you for hurting me." Filled with His Spirit, now and alway. 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. Colossians 3:12–17, “ So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Even though our beginnings may seem insignificant, we can look forward to a glorious, happy ending. Lest Your name be maligned. "But can't I at least get some water to quench your thirst?" --JDB Col 2:10 2. —How important is our fellowship in the local church? Let it be Christ himself, dwelling in you; Christ himself, the living word. There is a catch, however. Clothing ourselves with Jesus’ attitudes and actions shows His presence in our lives. the husband cannot live with his wife as Peter says unless he loves her in the way Paul means. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27). Can you think of someone you need to forgive? A husband can only love his wife properly if he is a Christian and under the control of the Holy Spirit. 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. Old Joe was dying. --Colossians 3:4-note. We completed the project, but not without a great deal of difficulty. 26:3). It is the willingness to suffer injury instead of inflicting it. God has delivered me from that. "Father, forgive," Turn your eyes off yourself; look up, and out! Expectantly to serve and claim Notice how the Apostle insists on this: "You died, you were raised with Christ, your life is hid with Christ. Patience is not something the world teaches us to practice. The Bible helps us clearly see —G.W. Colossians 3: 1-14. EDDIE Lopat was a baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees in the 1950s. The God of our salvation. A will to give and share, 3. Thankfulness seems to be a lost art today. . The world sees meekness as weakness. 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. —Chisholm. ---DJD, If anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. --Harrington “Andrew, you are right. 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. One possible reason is that a husband today compares his efforts to how much his father did around the house. Thought by thought, bad attitudes return. In this case there is a special reason for such divine peace--the essential unity of the body of Christ, the Church, and to this peace, we are told, every believer has been called. 5:23). And thus he passed through life lubricating all hard places and making it easier for those who came after him. Never forget that God is working with you. Verse 14 sums it up, and the preceding characteristics should all be seen in light of the love God commands us to have for one another. And he did. That's the way the world sees meekness, as weakness. Colossians 3:10-14 It's a great thing to do a little thing well, Read: Colossians 3:1, 2, 3, 4,22, 23, 24, 25. 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. 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. Husbands and wives who both have careers generally agree that it is only fair for them to divide household chores. — Reprinted by permission. De Haan. Lord, grant me a love like Your own. No matter what our task, it's our duty to work for God's glory (Colossians 3:23-note). That must have been John Kelley’s attitude. Our Daily Walk. But on my return trip, I noticed that all the cars were negotiating the underpass quite well. 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. For a vast portion of the workforce, that's the best reason they can muster for going to the job each day. So if we put on these "clothes" every day, we'll never be out of season. —Dave Branon. Unless and until our sin-tarnished souls are cleansed by Jesus' forgiveness, God's image is obscured in our lives. Therefore, “Give others the sunshine, tell Jesus the rest.”, “We cannot know the grief Yet someday everyone will bow before Him and give Him the honor due His name (Phil 2:9, 10, 11-note). 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. —Studies by a number of psychologists show that it is not great riches that make people happy, but friends and forgiveness. 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. We must have a right heart attitude. Look in verses 12b-14. ---V C Grounds, Forgiving when we suffer wrong, But as the excitement of the new marriage wears off, they drift to the opposite extreme and view these same traits as faults. Remember that love is the sash or belt that binds all of these garments together. Something about the badge and "blues" gained him instant respect and authority. The sharp turn, combined with the confining walls of this mini-tunnel, made the roadway seem unsafe for two-way traffic. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly …" (Col. 3:16). . In place of anger, wrath, slander, dirty language, and lies, we are to put on mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, and love. At best we can understand a few of the phrases that are still in common use like anno domini (abbreviated as AD), "The year of our Lord.". Putting the other person before ourselves, to have a proper estimation of ourselves. It also reminds us of the spiritual blessings we have in Christ. 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). —D. I had stuck them in the suitcase, which had been safely stored in the trunk of our car. When we put on these traits two specific things take place: That means to put up with or tolerate one another. Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. When He died, we died!" Lightly hold earth's joys so transient, 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). Let’s make sure old age doesn’t stop us from bearing fruit. There is a right way and a wrong way to have peace. Let us respond to the love which Christ offers to us, lest we be refused by Him at the last (Heb12:25-note). A bad example undermines good words. When others seem so wrong. Our Daily Walk. . 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. As an unfortunate prerequisite to retirement? For those who are physically able, that means continuing in active service. remember how much you've been forgiven. Daily work done for God takes on eternal value. This incident reminded me that it's possible to tell a lie while making a true statement. Here’s ten dollars, seeing it is for Jesus Christ.” Duff concluded, “Let us remember, it is not the amount we give toward helping the Lord’s work; it is the motive He looks at.”, When we have the opportunity to contribute to some worthy Christian cause, may we do so with the right purpose in mind. There were also others equally dis­couraging. —Ephesians 4:26-note, How did everything get so dirty so fast?" "Blacks and Whites Clash in Chicago." We must be careful to be properly dressed each day. There can never be unity in the church unless we are willing to tolerate one another. 4:5). In fact there is much truth to this adage, which is why there is a nonprofit called “Dress for Success” that provides appropriate clothing for job seekers. The first is the burial place of King Tut in Egypt. that your life will be a rebuke to sin wherever you go! "I had the whole house clean a month ago.". The right way is by speaking the truth in love, confronting sin, and forgiving the sinner. We can't expect others to believe a message that is contradicted by our actions. If we're builders, we can cut wood and drive nails INDNJC. Whether songs of praise, worship, adoration, or dedication, they should emanate from the heart. What a contrast with the way the world thinks. He liked to drop a tarnished coin into a beaker of diluted nitric acid. How are you responding to life's difficulties? The warm fellowship of the church will keep your heart from growing cold. Kindness is Christianity with its working clothes on. He could see only two options–leave and be happy, or stay and be miserable. But when we buy a field, we are often preoccupied and engrossed with it, and all it stands for. “Mrs. 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. 2. In an eyewitness report of the great Welsh revival of 1904, G. Campbell Morgan wrote, “The horses are terribly puzzled. This does not mean that we are to be indifferent to all that is fair and lovely in the life which God has given us, but that the Cross is to separate us from all that is selfish, sensual, and savouring of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1Jn 2:15, 16, 17-note). They are far below the flight deck of an aircraft carrier somewhere in the Pacific during World War II. The apostle Paul said, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. This brings us to our second observation. Making Each Day Count: Wisdom for Life from God's Word Main Scripture Passage for this sermon: Colossians 3:22-4:1. Colossians 3:13: Forbearance: All that we long to become will find fulfillment when we see Jesus. He is our Life, the living Fountain rising up in the well of our personality. "Thank you, sir," said the dying soldier. With slurred speech, several times he bounced "Praise the Lord!" This is my constant longing and prayer; Many writers and producers seem to be intent on pushing the limits of how much immoral and offensive speech the public will allow. they just have different tasks. For those who can no longer move about, that means being active in prayer and in quiet service. she said, beaming. They were Christ's servants, and they represented Him in the marketplace or the home. FROM BIBLE.ORG. —Anon. Even as Christians, we may cling to anger and bitterness, feeling that those who have wronged us should suffer for their offenses. The highest motive for obeying God is the desire to please God. They must never be mere hypocritical vocaliza­tions of nice-sounding sentiments. Our weakest efforts will endure. "—Lk 14:17, 18. It was then brought to David's attention that Jonathan had a crippled son, Mephibosheth (v. 3). The psalmist wrote: "Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass" (Ps. We must become so occupied with pleasing Him and working for the crowns of eternal reward that we have no desire to dig in the dirt of this fleeting world. Ah, dear Marietta, I haven’t forgotten. Only in this way can he truly love his wife as God intended and manifest his headship properly. You and I can also be effective witnesses if we know, love, and walk with Jesus the way Mary does. To be spiritually fed, Mark Twain famously said that “Clothes make the man,” and we’re often told to dress for success. But what we've done in love for Him Colossians 3:5-11 PRACTICING YOUR POSITION BY THEODORE EPP. Until these prevail universally, however, "the God of peace himself" (1 Thess. —Psalm 92:14, A familiar saying goes something like this: “Old age is a matter of mind over matter. Please open it to John 14. De Haan —David C. Egner. 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. Steadily forward reckoning on our behalf Trouble, we must stand up boldly and strongly for righteousness to dissatisfaction. 3:1 `` CELEBRATING '' the world sees meekness, longsuffering '' ( Col 3:23-note ) twice in Colossians 3 the... 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