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He was deeply in love with his fiancé, and saved as much money as he could to buy her a beautiful engagement ring. Finally, he took his savings to the jeweler and bought the biggest diamond he could afford.
As he presented it to her he said, “I’m sorry dear, that it is not bigger. It’s all that I had.”
“It’s perfect!” she exclaimed in her excitement. “It is as big as we make it!”
What a beautiful response. Sincerity is much more important than size and thoughtfulness more than any “thing.” Size had nothing to do with our salvation. Our salvation depended on someone’s sacrifice.
If we want more from God, we must give more to God. That’s His way. And He invites us to make His way, our way. “Give and it will be given to you,” Jesus said.
When we share our time, He will increase our talents so we can do more. When we share our treasures, He will make up the difference – and then some. When we share our strength, He will enable us to reach far beyond the limits we place on ourselves. But we must give in faith, believing and trusting that He will provide for our every need in ways we never imagined.
Prayer: Help us, Heavenly Father, to have enough faith to trust, knowing that You will never fail us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Colossians 3:14-25 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
While on a trip to the store, a driver became careless and sideswiped a car while changing lanes. The driver of the damaged car was frightened and nervous. Tearfully she opened the glove compartment trying desperately to locate the required insurance documents.
Fumbling through maps and warranties, she finally found the small plastic envelop with the papers that she needed. As she began to open them for the police officer, her eyes focused on a note that her husband had written: “Dear Mary, when you need these papers, remember it is you I love, not the car!”
What a loving note from a caring husband! It’s what Paul had in mind when he wrote: “You husbands must love your wives and never treat them harshly.”
We husbands show our wives that we respect them and love them through kind and caring deeds. It is what we are obligated to do. What we do and how we treat our wives reflects and reveals the true nature of our love and heart of our character. At all times and in all situations we are to act consistently in ways that prove to our wives that we love them. Wherever we are and no matter what happens, our words and our actions must always demonstrate our love for our wives.
Prayer: Father, may we love our wives with kindness, tenderness, compassion, and thoughtfulness at all times. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: Colossians 3:18-19 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.
The great American novelist, Sinclair Lewis, was invited to give a lecture to a group of college students who wanted to become writers. As they sat quietly and waited expectantly, he opened his remarks by asking, “How many of you intend to become successful writers?”
Immediately, everyone in the audience held up a hand to declare their intentions.
“In that case,” said Lewis, “my advice to you is to go home and write.”
Shortly after creating Adam, God directed him to care for and tend to the Garden that He had created for him. And ever since then man has been responsible to work with God and take care of His creation. Each day we are to take every task and do it as “though we are working for the Lord.” Why? Because we care!
“Remember,” said Paul, “the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward” if we “work hard and cheerfully.” We must accept every task and each responsibility He offers us as an opportunity to worship and serve Christ every day of our lives.
Prayer:  Father, may we remember that whatever we do, in word or deed, we are to do to the glory of God whom we love and trust. In Christ’s Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today:  Colossians 3:23-24 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
Paderewski was a great Polish pianist. But when he first chose to take piano lessons a teacher said to him, “Your hands are too small. You will never be able to master the keyboard.”
Caruso was one of the greatest tenors who ever lived. When he went for his first voice lesson in Italy, the teacher said to him, “Your voice is like wind whistling through a window.” He refused to give him voice lessons.
Alexander Graham Bell spent years working to develop and perfect his telephone. When he displayed it to a group of people, they said, “You are a fool with a useless toy.”
As Christians we must learn to look at criticism as a “challenge and call to courage” and turn to the Lord for His guidance. If we are grateful for the skills and talents God has given us, we will accept every opportunity to “do better” as a gift to honor Him. The choice is ours: We can choose to rise to the occasion, meet it and be victorious, or give up in fear because we do not trust in Him. The God of our salvation and hope says that with His help all things are possible. We must only accept and act in His strength and power, knowledge and wisdom.
Prayer: Lord of our lives, whenever we face an obstacle, may we see it as an opportunity to turn to You for grace and guidance. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Colossians 1:11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;
An art teacher asked her students to draw a picture of someone famous. Looking over the shoulder of one of her students she asked, “And whose picture are you drawing?”
“God’s,” he answered confidently.
“God’s?” asked the teacher. “No one knows what He looks like.”
“They will when I get through!” he said.
Who was right: the teacher or the student?
Paul said that “Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God.” The word Paul chose for image was a word his readers knew meant “a description” of a person. In other words, what we see in the life of Jesus is a portrait, or a description, of God. So, if we want to know Who God is and what He is like, it is possible to see, know and understand God through the life and teachings of Jesus.
In Jesus we see a Man filled with unending love that included the least, the last, the loneliest. A Man who healed, helped and hungered to reach and redeem the lost. And this He did on a cross.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for the picture we have of You in Your Son, our Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

Years ago there was a pretzel stand in front of a building in New York. A generous business man wanted to help the owner. Each day he would put a quarter on the counter and walk away without taking a pretzel.

One day as he was leaving his quarter, the owner said, “Sir…”

Stopping quickly, he said, “I presume that you are going to ask me why I never take the pretzels?”

“No,” she said rather haughtily. “I just wanted to tell you that the price of the pretzels is now fifty cents.”

In Paul’s letter to the Colossians he warned them to “Put to death…evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.” He asks that we consider ourselves as though we are dead and therefore unresponsive and unable to be involved in a list of sins, ending with greed. He suggests we make a conscious effort every day to remove anything in our lives that would in any way allow these desires to be present and grow and lead to our destruction. We are to rely on the Holy Spirit’s power to overcome the temptation to sin.

In these days of economic uncertainty we are much more aware of what we have and do not have. We seem to face more pressures to lay up treasures for our future on earth rather than with God. We seem to rely more on what we can get from God than what we can give to God.

Prayer: Lord, give us a clear vision of what to value. Protect us from desires to put “things” before You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Colossians 3:5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

He was deeply in love with his fiancé, and saved as much money as he could to buy her a beautiful engagement ring. Finally, he took his savings to the jeweler and bought the biggest diamond he could afford.

As he presented it to her he said, “I’m sorry dear, that it is not bigger. It’s all that I had.”

“It’s perfect!” she shouted in her excitement. “It is as big as we make it!”

What a beautiful response. Sincerity is much more important than size and thoughtfulness more than any “thing.” Size had nothing to do with our salvation. Our salvation depended on someone’s sacrifice.

If we want more from God, we must give more to God. That’s His way. And He invites us to make His way, our way. “Give and it will be given to you,” Jesus said.

When we share our time, He will increase our talents so we can do more. When we share our treasures, He will make up the difference – and then some. When we share our strength, He will enable us to reach far beyond the limits we place on ourselves. But we must give in faith, believing and trusting that He will provide for our every need in ways we never imagined.

Prayer: Help us, Heavenly Father, to have enough faith to trust, knowing that You will never fail us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Colossians 3:14-25 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

As you look forward to Christmas, what special memories will remain with you? Will it be a “horrible day,” a “holiday” or a “holy day?”

For some it will be a “horrible” day. It will be a day when families gather and feuds erupt, unwanted gifts are exchanged, stomachs are stuffed, alcohol generated hangovers will dull minds and memories, and promises to “never do this again” are made. Not ever!

Or, will it be a holiday? Families traveling many miles to get together to share problems and pains that brought them closer together, share joyous memories of special events that united them in love and laughter, introducing a new-born child or one who will soon be the next in-law uniting two “love-birds.”

Would it not be special, however, if we made it a holy day - a day of worship and praise, a day when we set aside time to emphasize the gift of our new birth through Christ?

Paul wrote some inspiring words about the gift of our new birth made possible because of the birth of Jesus. “You have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within you.”

This “new nature” means it is possible for us to have a new life through His Son and one day we will be like Him and spend eternity with Him.

Prayer: We thank You, Lord, for the gift of Jesus Who will give us a new life and the joy and peace of salvation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Scripture for Today: Colossians 3:10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
A young man, who grew up in a housing project, having little hope and few goods, heard an evangelist preaching “love” on a street corner. After listening for a few moments he shouted to the preacher, “I’m sick and tired of you people talking about love. I want to see love. I want to feel love. I want to see love with some skin on it!”

That’s Christmas: “God’s love with skin on it.”

Paul wrote, “For in Christ the fullness of God lives in a human body!”

In Jesus, we see Someone bringing love to life - but a very special type of love. It is God’s love. We see this love coming to life when Jesus fed the hungry, gave sight to the blind, cleansed the lepers, healed the sick, offering water to a thirsty soul, calming the waves to relieve the fears of experienced fishermen, washing dirty feet, spending time with little children, teaching people the truth that brought meaning and purpose to their lives and finally hanging lifeless from a cross - abandoned and alone.

Jesus is God loving through a human heart, healing with a human hand, walking on errands of mercy with human feet, showing love to those who would do Him harm with grace and mercy.
Jesus is God loving the least, the last and the lost. In Jesus, God showed His love with “skin on it.”

Prayer:  Help us, Father, to put Your “love in our skin” and take Your love to those in need. May we be as faithful in caring for others as You are in caring for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Colossians 2:9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,
He is a central figure in the success of the New York Yankees. He has led the American League in the most single hits, runs scored and “at bats.” He has over 3,000 hits, stolen more bases than any other player, has five golden glove awards, selected 13 times as an all-star and played more games than any other New York Yankee. Many of his records will stand for many years to come.

A reporter once asked, “What’s the best advice your father ever gave you?”

“Don’t let anyone outwork you,” came the quick reply of Derek Jeter.

We are all compiling a list of accomplishments that will reflect what we have done with the time and talents God has given us. However, beyond that fact we must realize that the time we are allocated and the talents we are given are gifts from God and must be used to His glory.

Paul wrote, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as though you are working for the Lord rather than for people!” We are all accountable to someone for the work we do here on earth. Ultimately, though, the Christian is accountable to God and will be judged by Him for what we have done with the many opportunities He has given us. We must always remember that we represent Him in all that we do.

Prayer: We thank You, Lord, that You are interested in the work that You have given us to do. May we accept this with thanksgiving and bring You honor in what we do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Colossians 3:23,24 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
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