Day #29 “Working” Colossians 3:23-25
23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. 25 But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done.
Matthew Henry Commentary: Servants and masters:
Servants, obey your masters in all things according to the flesh, Colossians 3:22. Servants must do the duty of the relation in which they stand, and obey their master's commands in all things which are consistent with their duty to God their heavenly Master. Not with eye-service, as men-pleasers--not only when their master's eye is upon them, but when they are from under their master's eye.
They must be both just and diligent. In singleness of heart, fearing God--without selfish designs, or hypocrisy and disguise, as those who fear God and stand in awe of him. Observe, The fear of God ruling in the heart will make people good in every relation. Servants who fear God will be just and faithful when they are from under their master's eye, because they know they are under the eye of God. "And whatsoever you do, do it heartily (Colossians 3:23), with diligence, not idly and slothfully:" or, "Do it cheerfully, not discontented at the providence of God which put you in that relation."--As to the Lord, and not as to men.
It sanctifies a servant's work when it is done as unto God--with an eye to his glory and in obedience to his command, and not merely as unto men, or with regard to them only. Observe, we are really doing our duty to God when we are faithful in our duty to men. And, for servants' encouragement, let them know that a good and faithful servant is never the further from heaven for his being a servant: "Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance, for you serve the Lord Christ, Colossians 3:24.
Serving your masters according to the command of Christ, you serve Christ, and he will be your paymaster: you will have a glorious reward at last.
Though you are now servants, you will receive the inheritance of sons. But, on the other hand, He who does wrong will receive for the wrong which he has done," Colossians 3:25. There is a righteous God, who, if servants wrong their masters, will reckon with them for it, though they may conceal it from their master's notice. And he will be sure to punish the unjust as well as reward the faithful servant: and so if masters wrong their servants. --And there is no respect of persons with him. The righteous Judge of the earth will be impartial, and carry it with an equal hand towards the master and servant not swayed by any regard to men's outward circumstances and condition of life. The one and the other will stand upon a level at his tribunal.
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Day #28 Colossians 3:18-22 “Instructions for Christian Households”
“Instructions for Christian Households”
(A picture of peace and harmony in a family)
18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly.20 Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord.
- Submission--- what does that really mean? I will let you look it up in your own study time.
- If we strive to walk in love with our spouse, and put Jesus first, and obey Gods Word, our actions toward each other will be right and there will be peace and harmony in the home.
- Teach our children about Jesus, live it daily and give forgiveness, mercy and lots of grace!
- Be good and honest employees.
- Be respectful and good witnesses for Jesus
Day #27 “Thankful Hearts” Colossians 3:16-17
16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
This morning I am looking at these verses for probably the 10th time. I have been side tracked posting some quotes from “The Shack” Bible Study onto our website and Facebook. This movie is a must-see, check it out when you can! I love todays verses, they are short, simple and life changing, when put into practice.
I love to just praise Jesus and thank Him all throughout the day; what is even neater to me, is we can do it quietly within our hearts and minds and by doing this, and having a thankful attitude, it helps us be positive and more upbeat, things just seem to go better, try it. “Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts”.
- Share the message (Gods Word and your salvation testimony) of Jesus with others.
- You can share the message of Jesus love and grace without saying ONE WORD – actions speak louder than words. Don’t be guilty of just “lip service”.
- If you have the gift to teach others, do so.
- If you have a counseling gift, do so with Gods Word every chance you get.
- Sing psalms and hymns to God with a thankful heart – you don’t have to have a great singing voice – Make a joyful noise unto the Lord – that’s what it sounds like when I sing, a joyful “noise”, because singing is not my gift!
- Be thankful IN all things, not necessarily FOR all things. Big difference.
- Whatever we do throughout our day, do it with a good and honest attitude. We are representatives of Jesus Christ, so be a good Rep. Our boss may not see every move we make, but God does.
- GIVE THANKS - amen
Day #26 “Dress for Success-Clothe Yourself” Colossians 3:12-15
“Dress for Success-Clothe Yourself”
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
- God chose us to be holy-not perfect.
- Clothe yourselves with tender hearts, kindness, humility…. The fruit of the Holy Spirit-Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, Goodness, Faithfulness and Self Control.
- Make allowances for others faults and forgive quickly, don’t let the sun go down on your anger. Ask Jesus to help you because you cannot do this in your own strength. Forgiving does not mean you will forget it, it’s a process and takes acts of faith on our part; our minds and thoughts about the offense and hurt will diminish with time.
- We will be offended in our lives; the word even tells us we will be offended, you might as well expect it and not be surprised when it happens. Knowing that this is a fact helps us realize it is something we have to deal with on a daily basis, and we can also trust Gods Word to help us fight against offenses.
- Jesus forgave us, so we need to forgive others.
- Above all…… clothe yourself with Love, this is the greatest commandment and the first fruit of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is LOVE and GOD is Grace; we must meet with God daily so we can get filled afresh and new. New day, new battles, new problems, new trials; therefore, we need new Grace every day.
- Harmony is a benefit we reap when we love and forgive others.
- Let Gods peace rule in your hearts. When you have peace, the storms can’t overtake you. When you have important decisions that you need to make, pray and go with your peace. Don’t move forward until you have Gods peace; wait upon Jesus.
- Be thankful in all things – it does not say be thankful “for” all things; we are not thankful for cancer, loss of loved ones, heartache, pain and sorrow; but we are to have thankful hearts for our peace of mind, it also makes our journeys easier to deal with when we have the attitude of Jesus.
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Day #24 Do it NOW-Action Plan Colossians 3:8-11
Do it NOW-Action Plan
8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. 9 Don't lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11 In this new life, it doesn't matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.
- Now is the time; take action, move forward, get up and get going, don’t procrastinate.
- You “used to” have a sinful nature prior your salvation.
- Now “put on” your new nature-walk in the fruit of the Holy Spirit within you.
- Be “renewed” daily, step by step, day by day, week by week, month by month and year by year; it’s a process and a journey we will take throughout our entire life.
- “Become like Him” – Take action, move forward by faith; don’t get under condemnation when you fall, get back up.
- Jesus lives in all of us after we have stripped ourselves of our sinful nature and accepted Him as our personal Savior. This verse is not saying He lives in all of us period, leaving us to misinterpret Gods Word or even take it out of context as some do. Everyone is not going to heaven, you must know Jesus as your personal Savior. Read all the verses before and after, then you will have the real “truth” of what God is saying.
- Beware of teachings that dissect Gods word and only share scripture portions that fit a philosophy or teaching that someone has built upon.
- Jesus Christ is all that matters – give Him praise and thanksgiving and honor every day.
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Day #23 “You use to do these things” Colossians 3:5-7
“You use to do these things”
5 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don't be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 6 Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. 7 You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world
- Say NO to sin – (easier said than done, Paul tells us in the scriptures, “I do what I don’t want to and don’t do what I need to”- it’s a constant battle-keep on keepin on, don’t give up or give in).
- Crucify (put to death) the sinful fleshly desires – one day at a time -talk to Jesus, He is your friend and He is the only one that can help and give you the strength and courage to say NO when everything inside you screams, “I want, I need, I have to have or do this, NOW!”
- Where your mind goes, is the direction and actions you will be taking.
- Be aware of what you let go through your mind and the thoughts you have throughout your daily routines; avoid stinkin thinkin.
- Don’t have anything to do with sexual sins, we don’t have to expound on this one.
- Don’t be greedy, don’t be a horder; give and it shall be given to you; bless others when you can.
- Don’t allow things to become more important to you than your fellowship and relationship with Jesus. What is taking up most of your time? Have you spent time with Jesus lately?
- Seek ye first the kingdom of God.
- Our verses are speaking of “past tense” we used to do sinful, sexual and greedy acts. If you are still dealing with some of these old sinful habits, and you have not made any changes in your life since you asked Jesus to save you, there is a way to deliverance; you must “want to change” and allow the Holy Spirit of God to direct you in what you need to do. Get into the Word of God and feast upon scriptures, the Word is what God uses to help us obey Him and make the necessary changes in our lives.
- Obedience=Blessings and Gods Favor!
- Let’s look at some different bible versions on verse #6 because some people have the concept that God is a God of wrath and not a God of love and grace; upon reading our scripture’s today we see it says: “Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming”.
6 For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience. (NAS Version).
6 Because of such things God's anger will come upon those who do not obey him. (GNT Version)
Over the many years of my being a Christian, I have studied, read, and listened to many teachers and preachers; I’ve been to several different denominational churches and heard different views and interpretations of scripture’s. I’ve never been one to “argue” God’s Word because no one wins and it grieves the Holy Spirit of God.
I also know that there are preachers/teachers that lean toward legalism, living under the Law and preach hell fire and damnation. When I hear that kind of teaching, it only weighs me down, it doesn’t encourage or inspire me to live for my Jesus. I need grace, grace, grace, and I want enough of it so that I can give it to others; the only way I can do this, is to stay in touch with good teaching on Grace and in God’s Word.
So, in verse #6, we see Gods’ anger will come upon those that never accepted Jesus as their personal Savior and for those that flat out disobey and disregard His saving Grace.
Day #22 “Just Think About It!” Colossians 3:1-4
“Just Think About It!”
- Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God's right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
1 Corinthians 5:17-Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone and the new has come.
Ephesians 4:24- Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Ø We are new people when we accept Jesus into our hearts. (This does not mean we will be perfect, nor that we will change all those old ways and habits overnight- it’s a process and a life long journey- one day at a time).
- Ø Everyone’s journey with Jesus is different, don’t try to be like someone else, be yourself, and be what God is calling you to be.
- Ø We have a choice to rejoice and a choice to do the right things and make the changes that God requires of us, then we will receive the blessings God has for us.
- Ø Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these “other things” will be given to you. (This does not mean you will get everything you want - everything we think we want is not always what’s best for us; God holds our future and He knows what’s best for us, so we must learn to trust Him. Trust and faith comes from allowing His Word to saturate our heart, mind and soul; when we do this, we will see changes for good in our lives.
- Ø Set your sights and thoughts on Jesus and the eternal life that awaits us in Heaven. God has an appointed time for each one of us; the day He wants to take us home. God help us not question You when You choose to take one of our loved one’s home earlier than we think they should go. When we learn to think on Heaven, we can also think on the fact we will soon see our loved ones again!
- Ø God’s word tells us in Philippians 4:8 “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise”.
- Ø Beware of stinkin thinkin; you have to work hard at keeping your mind on good thoughts all day long, it is our OLD sinful nature that wants us to think about worrying and negativism; we have a new nature now; we have Jesus.
- Ø We can look forward to seeing Jesus who sits at the right hand of God, when we get to Heaven and give Him all the glory for what He has done for us.
- Ø Think, think, think, think, ponder, ponder, trust, trust, trust, and move toward obedience of what the Word of God tells us=victory over sin and a life of blessing and peace.
- Ø When we accepted Jesus into our hearts, our old life passed away. Jesus forgave us of past, present and future sins; now you need to forgive yourself.
- Ø Question: What does this last verse really mean? 4. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
Gills Expositor Commentary says this: The dead bodies of the saints will then be raised and united to their souls, which he will bring with him, when he appears; and living saints shall be changed, and be caught up together with the raised ones, into the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so they all shall be with him together, wherever he is, whether in the air, or on earth, or in heaven, and while he is in either; and shall be forever with him, enjoy communion with him, be made like unto him, and behold his glory.
They shall "appear in glory" too; with a glory on their bodies, which will be raised in glory like unto the glorious body of Christ; and on their souls, being in perfect holiness, having on the wedding garment, or robe of Christ's righteousness, being clothed upon with their house from heaven, and appearing in the shining robes of immortality, incorruption, and glory; having the glory of God upon them in soul and body, and such a glory revealed in them, as the sufferings of this present life, and all the enjoyments of it, are not to be compared with. All which furnish out strong arguments and reasons, enforcing the above exhortations to seek for, and set the affections on things in heaven, and not on earth.
3:1-4 As Christians are freed from the ceremonial law, they must walk the more closely with God in gospel obedience. As heaven and earth are contrary one to the other, both cannot be followed together; and affection to the one will weaken and abate affection to the other. Those that are born again are dead to sin, because its dominion is broken, its power gradually subdued by the operation of grace, and it shall at length be extinguished by the perfection of glory. To be dead, then, means this, that those who have the Holy Spirit, mortifying within them the lusts of the flesh, are able to despise earthly things, and to desire those that are heavenly. Christ is, at present, one whom we have not seen; but our comfort is, that our life is safe with him. The streams of this living water flow into the soul by the influences of the Holy Spirit, through faith. Christ lives in the believer by his Spirit, and the believer lives to him in all he does. At the second coming of Christ, there will be a general assembling of all the redeemed; and those whose life is now hid with Christ, shall then appear with him in his glory.
Message Version: He Is Your Life
3 1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
3-4 Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.