Thursday, March 01, 2007

Colossians 3 (quiet time observations)

16Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

17Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

I notice that this said "let." We have these things available to us we just need to "let" them rule us. We hinder these things and then ask God for peace when we already have it we just aren't allowing it to rule us. I also noticed verse 17 because who does that. This is one of the hardest things to do ever. I am supposed to do this job in the name of Jesus and give thanks. That point is driven home later in the chapter incase you missed it right there...

22Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.

23Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,

24knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.

25For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.

We shouldn't even just do it externally so that the men we work for are happy we are supposed to do it with sincerity of heart fearing the Lord! And we are supposed to do it heartily as though it is for the Lord! Good grief. We receive our rewards from the Lord and if we are worried about not being appreciated or someone doing wrong it says that the Lord will give them their consequences just as He will give us our rewards. This is one of the hardest things for me. It's hard to think about doing this job heartily for the Lord and with sincerity of heart fearing the Lord. But hey here it says for slaves to work for masters. Now that's the ultimate command for a slave to sincerly serve a master and serve him heartily. So this point is really beat into us in this chapter.