Archive for April, 2014

Verses 23-25: “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. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.”

I remember some years back there was a report that described an observation by the Chinese government about their workers. Seems they realized that among the most productive workers were Chinese Christians. A factory manager commented that “If you’re a Christian you’re more honest, with a better heart,” he says. “The people who aren’t Christians aren’t responsible. I think it’s very different.” “I’m not saying those people who aren’t Christians are all bad, but from the percentage of the workers who are Christians, they seem to be more responsible.” “Also when they do things wrong, they feel guilty – that’s the difference,” he explains. I found a reference to that article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-10942954.

Sounds like that factory manager is discovering the truth that Paul told the Colossians in today’s verse. In our daily jobs, no matter how much we like/dislike them, we need to pursue excellence to please God, not earthly bosses. Remember that in the previous verse reference, we were to “do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3:17); that includes our occupations. Yes, do we need to work to make a living and provide for our families? Certainly. However, how we perform our work can indeed be just as much a witness for Christ as what we say. That’s a lesson I know I, myself, need to remember every day.

Something to think about.


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Verse 17: “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

“Whatsoever ye eat or drink
or whatsoever ye do,
do all to the glory of God,
do all to the glory of God”

This is part of a chorus my wife learned on a visit to Hyles-Anderson College, when she was interviewing colleges to attend. When I read today’s verse to her, she remembered this chorus; in referencing it, she also found 1 Corinthians 10:31. It got to me thinking about the phrase “do all in the name”. As Christians, everything we do should honor God. As the New Living Translation reading of Colossians 3:17 states: “And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” (I found that translation at a very nice Bible research site: http://biblehub.com/colossians/3-17.htm).

The word “representative” jumped out at me. You see, that’s what we Christians are on earth: representatives, examples, ambassadors of Jesus Christ to an unsaved world. It goes right in line with an old piece of advice: you may be the only Jesus someone sees today. So, like worldly ambassadors who represent their countries, are you representing God’s Kingdom?

Something to think about.

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Verse 14: “But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”

There is a 15-second commercial that runs on our local TV stations that I always get a chuckle about. A fellow is in front of his house, sees his front gate come loose, when suddenly a big old gorilla ambles up to him and startles him momentarily (note: if a big old gorilla ambled up to me, I think I would do more than just be startled. :-)) Then the gorilla hands the man a bottle of Gorilla Glue©. The man nods and uses it to fix his gate. A companion piece runs right behind it with a fellow trying to tape up a tarp on a window before a storm, but the tape is lacking. Enter the gorilla again, startles that guy, but then hands him Gorilla Tape©. The guy tapes his window securely, with the gorilla giving it a tug as proof. (of course, the gorilla is CGI, but still well done).

The point being emphasized is the incredible bonding power of both the glue and the tape. Here, Paul is reminding the Colossians, that love is the bond of perfection. As Proverbs 10:12 states: “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.” When we sincerely confess our sins to God, He forgives us, because His forgiveness is rooted in love. And nothing can break the bond of love that God has for us.

Something to think about.

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Verse 12: “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;”

“I choose door number 3”
“The club elects (fill-in-the-blank) as President…”
“With the first pick in the (fill-in-the-year) NFL draft, the (fill-in-the-blank team) selects…”
“And the Oscar goes to…”
“The winner is…”

Don’t you like being chosen for a reward or prize? Many times, we want to be picked, much like Arnold Horshack claiming to know the answer on the old TV show, Welcome Back, Kotter. Sometimes we are picked because of something we did on our own; sometimes we’re picked due to outside influences. Just as it is a neat feeling to be picked (when you want to be), it can be disheartening not to be picked (and this is coming from someone who used to be the last one picked when divvying up teams in Physical Education class! 🙂 )

As Christians, we are “the elect of God”…the word “elect” here means “chosen”. We didn’t do anything to earn being picked; if anything, our sins would ordinarily cause us NOT to be picked. But when you choose to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (which is a choice you make), you become a part of the chosen of God. This isn’t a game show host or club membership or the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences choosing you…this is GOD! And as the elect of God, we are called to act different than the world from which we came.

Something to think about today.

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