Hey y’all! I am so glad you are checking this post out! It’s Alyssa & today I will be finishing up my series on Colossians 3. Today we are going to be digging into the last chunk of the chapter- verses 12-24. Let’s dig into it!
A quick recap- the past two weeks we talked about who we are in Christ & putting our sins to death.
Today, we will be talking about how to live our lives to show who Jesus is.
Colossians 3:12-14 says: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
Wowza.. that’s a whole lot to take in! Let’s tear this apart. Verse 12 says how we should live our lives- full of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. And it is not a random reason why we should do this, but because we are so loved by God as His chosen people. Verse 13 says we need to forgive one another if any of us have a grudge towards someone. I know forgiving can be ridiculously, crazy hard but if we want to please Jesus and be more like Him, it is something we first need to pray about, and then act upon. The verse also says to forgive as the Lord forgave you. Jesus forgave us to the point of His life being taken. If that doesn’t blow your mind, I don’t know what will! Verse 14 says to put on love, which binds all together in perfect unity. Love binds us all together! And not just us having relationships, but the love of Christ!
Going back to verse 12- if we use these characteristics to change and form our heart, our “soil” will be right for God to grow these things in our lives.
Verses 15-17 says: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
As Christians, we are called to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts. To let Jesus shine through us in our everyday lives, and to live a life full of Him. With this peace from God comes Satan trying to get in the midst of the goodness. If you are a follower of Christ, you will be persecuted. Satan knows that God is doing some amazing things in our lives, and will do everything possible to try to intervene with that! Being persecuted can look differently for everyone. For me, it may be some drama at school. For others, it may look like a rude customer at work, or a fight with a friend. These are all ways Satan tries to get in our lives, and it is something that comes along with being a Christian. Now- bad things happen to all of us, and it is important to know that no matter what happens in our Earthly life, we are guaranteed a beautiful eternity. We operate from a place of victory- we have already won the ultimate battle.
Lastly, I am going to dig into a few more verses of Colossians 3. Verses 23-24 says “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not human masters. Since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is not favoritism.”
We are called as Christians to do everything for and in the name of Jesus. That’s pretty powerful if you ask me. Everything we have is His, and it is important to constantly remind ourselves of this as we go through our day to day lives. It is not ourselves we are serving, but Jesus.
I remember one day on Operation Barnabas, we were going out to do some pretty dirty work. Before we left, our leader TK reminded us that we are not doing these jobs for man, but for God, and to treat our work with that mindset. Spending most of our summer with this mindset really impacted our lives back home, and truly changed many people on OB. I remember specifically when I came back home I was so eager to serve and help others, because I knew it was pleasing to God and I was filling a calling He had for me.
I pray you guys take away something from this post! Next week I will be sharing on forgiveness, which should be a good one! Thank you guys so much for checking this out, y’all have an amazing week!