Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And 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 dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Gratitude. To be thankful in whatever you do. To do everything in the name of Jesus. To put off the old and be clothed in the new. Each and every day…for the glory of God.
Welcome to my favorite month of the year in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains. Here in Tennessee, November means pretty leaves, pumpkin flavored everything, lots of southern cooking and hopefully some time to reflect on this year and all that I have to be grateful for.
In preparation for this month of pumpkins, turkeys and gratitude, the Lord brought me to Colossians 3 and kept me there. In this chapter Paul starts by talking about what we are to “seek” as believers. We are to seek things that are above, not what is on the earth. We are to set our minds on things above and to have His mindset. And maybe most importantly, we are to put OFF what is earthly in us.
I don’t know about you but that section of characteristics we are called to put to death is something I tend to skip over. To brush over. Surely I don’t struggle with those things.
Maybe I don’t struggle with sexual immorality. But how many times to I put something (or someone) on an imaginary throne or pedestal and place it before God in my life?
My job…my desire for my non-existing relationship…or even the growth of the ministry God has called me to.
All that to say there are definite qualities of me that are not of Him and I am called to put those things to death.
I think it’s critical that Paul instructs to put to death the old before putting on the new.
What is the new? A compassionate heart, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Arguably the most important? Bearing one another in love.
So let’s get down to it.
To mirror Jesus to the world I must not be of the world. And if I’m not of the world I have to put on all the qualities that make me more of Him and less of my surroundings.
So after we’re “out with the old and in with the new” Paul commands us to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts. What a key to gratitude.
The climate of my gratitude is directly proportional to the temperature of my peace.
This month it is my sincere desire to complete every task, make every decision and speak every word in the name of Jesus (vs. 17). My prayer is that the Lord Jesus would raise the temperature of my peace in order to better the climate of my (sometimes) ungrateful heart.
My November challenge to all our readers: take a few moments each day just to pause. Stop the hustle and bustle of cooking, cleaning and shopping. Take 5 minutes to stop and thank the Lord for all He’s done this year. We have so much to be thankful for.
Stay tuned for the rest of this month! We have got some exciting studies on gratitude coming your way and you do NOT want to miss it!
Cheering for you,
Founder, 818 Ministries