Mo 10/9Tu 10/10We 10/11Th 10/12Fr 10/13Sa 10/14Su 10/15
1 Kings 12
Phil. 3
1 Kings 13
Phil. 4
1 Kings 14
Col. 1
1 Kings 15
Col. 2
1 Kings 16
Col. 3
1 Kings 17
Col. 4
1 Kings 18
1 Thess. 1

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

This week we read the book of Colossians, another of the Apostle Paul’s letters written from prison.

Colossians 1 contains one of Scripture’s best explanations of what it means for Jesus to be the Son of God, and thus explains why we worship Him: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Col. 1:15–17).

Colossians 2 warns Christians against being taken in by deceptive philosophies that focus on rules about what to eat and what not to eat. God’s Word frees us from thinking we will be judged according to what we eat: “If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, ‘Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!’ (which all refer to things destined to perish with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence” (Col. 2:20–23).

Colossians 3 tells us that our hope is in the revelation of Jesus Christ, when we will also be revealed with Him in glory. And because this is our hope, because we have been chosen by God (3:12), we are to labor to put away all sinful desires and behaviors: “Consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. … Put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth” (Col. 3:5, 8). But we are not only to put away sinful things, we are to put on “a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity” (Col. 3:12–14).

Finally, Colossians 3:18–4:6 gives real-life instructions about how to obey the preceding instructions, depending on our specific station in life. This is the part we often don’t like. We prefer to keep God’s commands general and vague. But the Lord cares about us as individuals, so He always gets more specific! Because of His loving care, He knows that wives need to be told to submit to their husbands; husbands need to be told to love their wives; children need to be told to obey their parents; fathers need to be told to be tender with their children; slaves need to be told to work hard; and masters need to be told to treat their slaves with justice and fairness.

And then, of course, all of us need to be commanded to pray and be thankful! (Col. 4:2)

VERSE TO MEDITATE ON

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.
—Colossians 4:2

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – Praise Jesus, “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
  • Confession – Confess submitting yourself to “decrees, such as, ‘Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!’ (which all refer to things destined to perish with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men.”
  • Thanksgiving – Joyously give thanks to the Father for qualifying us to “share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.”
  • Supplication – “Ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience.”

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This post by Alex McNeilly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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