Day 2 – Why are we doing this?
From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matt 4:17
Jesus is calling us to REPENT. Repent simply means to change our minds. He wants us to think like He thinks, to be citizens of heaven that bring heaven’s value system to the earth in which we live.
We pray for the spirit of repentance to fall on this nation, in our region, in our families, and on ourselves. Show us, Jesus, the places where we need to change our thinking so we can think like You.
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let 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. 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. … Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord. … Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. 25 For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality. Col 3:12-17, 20, 23-25
We will unpack this scripture over several days. Today, we begin by reading it and discussing it, generally.
1. Who are we? – chosen of God, holy and beloved
If we are saved then we belong to God, and we are called to look like our Father and Jesus.
2. What clothing do we wear? We chose to put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (fruits of the spirit). This implies that we take off all the opposites of these things. We remove them from our lips and actions.
3. How do we treat each other? We are patient and forgiving just like Jesus has been to us. Forgiveness is a key to salvation. Jesus died so we could be forgiven.
4. What holds it all together? We put on love, its like a belt that holds all our other garments in place. It binds us together in unity with our brothers and sisters.
5. We seek to live in the Peace of Christ – He is our prince of peace. If we seek to be like Him, then we look for how to let peace rule our hearts and how we can bring peace to every situation we encounter.
6. We live from a position of thankfulness – always giving thanks to God for His love, care and provision for us. Thankful hearts sing!
7. Again we establish the validity of the Word as our teacher and guide. We plant the Word in us and when we speak to others, we speak the Word. We speak life and edify each other.
8. Our thankfulness emanates in all we do. We work to please the Lord only, no matter what we are doing we can always glorify God. We live from the position of excellence.
9. Since I am speaking to my children, I skipped over some of the other verses and focused on “Children be obedient to your parents…” Obedience brings blessing and honor.
10. Whatever we do or say should seek to honor God. It is from Him alone that we receive our inheritance. If we honor Him, we will also be honoring others. We are specifically talking about receiving our inheritance in these lessons so this is key.
11. While we are saved and forgiven, when we rebel against God’s word, we do receive the consequences of our actions. There are natural consequences that don’t show favoritism just because we are a Christian. It is important for our children to feel the weight of their disobedience when they are in our homes so they will learn to make right decisions based on the Word. If we are too soft and spare them the consequences, then when they enter the world, their expectations are unrealistic and they will suffer greatly.
Finally, let’s look at how Jesus taught his disciples to pray. This is a model prayer in Matt chapter 6:9-15.
9 “Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]
14 For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
Jesus teaches his disciples to :
1. give praise to God
2. declare that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven
3. ask Him for daily provision
4. forgive our sins according to how we forgive others
5. show us the path of escape from temptation and deliver us from the evil schemes of the enemy
6. Give all the glory to Him forever.
Stressing the forgiveness aspect of these verses, Jesus makes it clear that we are forgiven according to the measure that we forgive others. We cannot expect to walk away free if we hold others in bondage to their sin.
Read it over and write in your journal all of Col 3:12-17, 20, 23-25
Write your own prayer to God following the model in Matt 6:9-13