Tag Archives: Colossians

Put God first

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.

The Glory of Christ

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.

Start. Stay. End.

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.

The mystery disclosed

The goal of church must be to present everyone fully mature in Christ. Nothing more, nothing less.

This is possible because the mystery is disclosed. It is no longer a mystery.

In Colossians 1:24–2:5, the Apostle Paul tells that God’s mystery – kept hidden for ages but now disclosed – is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

To live the Jesus-centred life is life to the full. He made all things, all things are for him, he is the fullness of God, who sustains all things, and reconciles us to God. This one is in you, says Paul to the Christians in Colossae. The mystery is revealed.

Will you strenuously contend with God’s power to present everyone mature in Christ?

It’s so worth it! There is no greater privilege.

In Christ, Tory.

Jesus is Supreme and Sufficient

It’s human nature to fear we are missing out. Since the advent of the internet, there is even a condition called FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) to describe why people are always checking their phones and computers for what others are doing.

It’s easy for us as Christians to fear we are missing out. Missing out on what our non-Christian friends have or are doing. Missing out on some special experience or knowledge of God. The Christians in Colossae had this same problem.

Today, the Apostle Paul takes us on a breathtaking tour of who Jesus is (Colossians 1:15–23). Rest assured, we are missing nothing at all. Jesus is supreme, he is sufficient.

In Christ, Tory.

‘How is church going?’

There are lots of ways people evaluate how church is going… number of people attending, the coffee, the music, the welcome you get, how accepting people are etc

In Colossians, the Apostle gives us the signs of life of a Christian church. This is God’s measure of ‘how is church going?’

As we read Colossians together, let’s pray we:

  • Proclaim the Word of God
  • Prayerfully depend on God
  • People in loving relationship
  • Persevere.

Through these ‘4 Ps’ God moves us toward Jesus, from the dominion of darkness into the kingdom of his Son, preparing us for the day he gathers his people around the risen Christ on this throne. I look forward to learning Jesus with you from Colossians!

In Christ, Tory.