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DEVOTION TO GOD

August 18, 2014

Monday

 

Colossians 3:17

 

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

 

LESSON

 

Paul urged his readers not only to divest themselves of behavior that is inappropriate to their union with Christ, but also to clothe themselves with attitudes and actions that are appropriate. He did so to complete their understanding of their responsibilities as Christians.

The basic principle, as opposed to a set of specific rules, is this: We should say all our words, and practice all our deeds, in harmony with the revelation of Jesus Christ, namely: under His authority and as His followers.

Paul tells the Colossians they need to keep their eyes on things above and kill off the things of this earth in their lives. Jesus has given us some spiritual clothes that we are supposed to wear at church and all the time. Wearing these clothes will make us look more like Jesus. When faced with a question about what the Christian should do, Paul taught that we should simply ask ourselves what conduct would be appropriate for one identified with Christ. Until believers embrace holiness in our lifestyles, revival in the church cannot begin.

 

Memory Verse: Romans 12:1

 

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