July 2, 2017
Colossians 3: 16
In the first 15 verses in this chapter Paul lists many Christian virtues and worldly vices. He basically says to avoid the vices and live by the virtues. It is important that Christians learn these truths and apply them. Why? Because this is how unbelievers get a true picture of Christianity. We are to exhibit the virtues and shun the vices. We are the world’s “Open” Bible. How can we share with one another the ways of God?
What have you learned in your spiritual development this year?
1. Share From The Heart
The Word of God takes up residence (dwells) in my heart. (Psalm 119:11) In verse one Paul says, “Since, then you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” It is easier for us to share what we truly believe and cherish in our hearts. It is then that the Word of God takes effect in my life. We are to share in such a way that others can see the overflow from our hearts. If you love someone with all your heart then be willing to teach them from your heart. Become passionate and dedicated to the ways and will of God. From this abundance that dwells within will flow the instructions of our God.
Can you recognize the heart of a person?
What is in your heart today?
Continually fill your heart with the things of God and you will automatically have something to share with others!
2. Share With The Head
Verse two says, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Philippians 3: 10 says, “I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death.” Sometimes you can only share what is personally learned and you can only share and instruct what is possible to know. This means that some people learn in different ways and at different levels. Expand your knowledge level so that you can communicate with the most educated as well as the educationally challenged. One may be ignorant but one does not have to stay ignorant. A good teacher uses his/her head in developing a way to teach all different levels of society. I love to teach children and I also love to teach adults. I can not use the same method with both groups. Find out what works and let it happen. Some need milk and some can handle the meaty matters of Christianity!
What type of characteristics do you desire in a good teacher?
What helps you to understand and remember what you have learned?
How could you encourage and assist others to grow spiritually?
3. Share With Humility
Verse 16 says that we are to teach, admonish, praise, and sing with gratitude in our hearts. Grace comes to and from humble hearts. The Bible teaches us that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6) We are to have a humble spirit in everything we do. In order to be privileged to teach and share with others we must do so with a tender and gracious spirit. People are willing to hear and consider what we say if they know that we care about them. I believe gifted teachers are able to relate to the people they are instructing. Jesus was great at relating truth and sharing with people according to their needs. He spent time with all types of people. He taught those who were experts in the law as well as those who knew nothing about the things of God. Nicodemus said to Jesus, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God.” I pray that people will recognize us as people who have wonderful truths to share with the attitude that shows this comes straight from God. Teach your children, your friends, your fellow Christians, and everyone in life through a spirit of humility.
Be a teacher who loves the people you are privileged to teach!
Be willing to give someone a chance to become an effective teacher!
Tell your leaders what you like and encourage them through appreciation!
Realize you do not have to be in a class setting to share and teach the things of life!