Thursday, September 20, 2007

Seven Perfect Things To Do For Jesus

We are studying the book of Colossians in my Sunday School class. As I prepare to teach my lessons I am inspired to write about them. The first one I want to share with you is on Colossians 3:12-17 I found seven perfect things we can do for Jesus there. I want to share one "thing" a day with you until we are done. Here we go:

The moment we belong to Jesus, the Holy Spirit sparks a desire in us to serve him in some way. We often struggle, however, knowing exactly what we should do. I know I did. I started out by saying “yes” to every opportunity that came my way and, boy, did I get tired and discouraged.

We tend to complicate things. Jesus simplifies them. When asked, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:28-29NIV). Did you notice how he changed works to work? Can our work really be that simple?

Jesus gives us numerous ways to show we believe in him—following Paul’s teachings represents but one. Tucked away in the book of Colossians, six jam-packed verses provide good reason to believe in Jesus and can keep us busy for the rest of our lives. And to think, we have the whole Bible!

Colossians 3:12-17 gives us seven perfectly simple things we can do, day in and day out, that are guaranteed to put a smile on our Savior’s face.

1. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. . . And over all these put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (Colossians 3:12 & 14NIV).

As God’s chosen people we are all dressed up and have plenty of places to go. Anywhere we go clothed in the attributes of Jesus will make a huge difference in the lives of others. Who around us needs compassion? Kindness? Humility? Gentleness? Patience? Love?

If we take the time to notice, people who need a lift are all around us. How about writing a note to an employee’s supervisor who provided that rare commodity, excellent customer service? Or hugging that hard to love family member? Our possibilities here are endless.

As we go about our day dressed in our Jesus clothes, blessing others, we can rest assured that God will bless us in return for he said, “Blessed is he who stays awake and keep his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed” (Revelation 16:15NIV). Don’t leave home without garments of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and love.

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