A great piece of wisdom I was given from an older Christian man was: ‘Put God first, and everything else will fall into place.’
This is Paul’s message in Colossians. Put Christ first, and so much more will follow. All things were made by him and for him (1:16), he is all that matters (3:11), and all is to be done for him (3:17).
Today we see that is the same at home and at work (3:18–4:1). All is to be done in a way fitting to him and out of service for him.
Putting him first won’t make life easy or painless. God never promises that. He promises far more: to make us like his Son Jesus, so that we share in his own glory (1:27–28).
Let’s encourage one another with the message of Christ, so that we can put him first in everything. God certainly has the resources to help us do this!
In Christ, Tory Cayzer.
At times, we wish we had a crystal ball to know the future. From the mundane, if it would rain yesterday for the Outdoor Market Day; to the significant, like where we will be in 10 years and what will our life be like. If we had a crystal ball, it would change how we live today.
In Colossians, we are told what our future is. We will share in the glory of Christ (Colossians 1:27; 3:4). And so this must change how we live today.
Last week (Col 3:1–8), we saw what it means individually; this week (Col 3:9–17) what it means for the local church; and next week (Col 3:18–4:1) at home and work.
The “crystal ball” is setting our eyes on Christ in heaven: remembering that Christ is all that matters; and that God doesn’t desire wealth, happiness, or success for us… but something far more glorious: to make us like Jesus Christ.
The uniform we wear each day and night is compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, forgiveness, and the over-coat of love.
This only happens as the message of Christ dwells among us in all we do as the people of God, the local church.
In Christ, Tory Cayzer.
I am accepted in Christ
I am God’s child (John 1:12)
I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15)
I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
I am united with the Lord and one with Him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17)
I have been bought with a price, I belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20)
I am a member of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:27)
I am a saint (Ephesians 1:1)
I have been adopted as God’s child (Ephesians 1:5)
I have direct access to God through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:18)
I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins (Colossians 1:14)
I am complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10)
I am secure in Christ
I am free forever from condemnation (Romans 8:1)
I cannot be separated from the love of God (Romans 8:35)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)
I am a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20)
I am significant in Christ
From: Victory Over The Darkness: Realizing the Power of Your Identity in Christ, Neil T. Anderson.
Start in Jesus. Stay in Jesus. End in Jesus.
Colossians 2:6–7 summarises the message of the letter:
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
There are many things that we try to supplement Jesus with, but Jesus needs no help. In fact, trying to supplement Jesus usually leads people to turn their trust from Jesus to the supplement.
Perhaps Colossians 2:6–7 would be a good memory verse to learn this week?!
In Christ, Tory.