Summary: The Bible tells us how to live for Jesus in our home and work life.

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Living for Jesus

Colossians 3:18-4:1

Over the past several weeks we have been studying the book of Colossians on Sunday mornings. The theme of this wonderful book is Jesus is preeminent. Jesus must be first in every area of our lives.

Remember the apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit writes this letter to the church of Colossae from prison. As he pours out his life he reminds us how Jesus poured out His life for us.

So we are instructed to live for Jesus. If we are Christian it’s not a suggestion it’s a privilege and a blessing that we live for Jesus. This is referring to being a follower of Jesus, a disciple. Not a lip service faith but a sold out follower who surrenders to His will.

William Willimon used to be the dean of the chapel at Duke University. "One day he received a phone call from a very irate father. The father exploded on the other end of the line, telling Willimon furiously, ’I hold you personally responsible for this!’ He was angry because his graduate-school-bound daughter had decided (in his words) ’to throw it all away and go and do mission work in Haiti with the Presbyterian Church.’ The father screamed, ’Isn’t that absurd! She has a B.S. degree from Duke and she is going to dig ditches in Haiti! I hold you responsible for this!’ Willimon said, ’Why me?’ The father said, ’You filled her with all this religion stuff.’ Will Willimon is not easily intimidated.

He asked the father, ’Sir, weren’t you the one who had her baptized?’ ’Well, well, well, yes.’ ’And didn’t you take her to Sunday School when she was a little girl?’ ’Well, well, yes.’ ’And didn’t you allow your daughter to go on those youth group ski trips to Colorado when she was in high school?’ ’Yes . . . but what does that have to do with anything?’ ’Sir, you are the reason she is throwing it all away. You introduced her to Jesus. Not me!’ ’But,’ said the father, ’all we wanted was a Presbyterian.’ Willimon, who has an instinct for the jugular, replied, ’Well, sorry, sir, you messed up. You’ve gone and made a disciple.’" (Len Sweet, Preaching Plus, 2/15/2004)

Here in our text is the explanation of living for Jesus. The Bible outlines the two main areas of our lives and how we are to obey the Lord as a follower of Jesus as we live for Him in this world.

Notice these two areas:

I. Our Home life (v.18-21)

God’s word pulls no punches in describing how the home is to operate. If the family is functioning in accordance with God’s word there will be peace and security in the home.

A Marriage that follows the Bible is going to be blessed. Unfortunately many marriages today are like the story I heard about An older couple was sitting by the fireside. He looked over at her, had a romantic thought, and said, “After sixty years, I’ve found you tried and true.” The wife’s hearing wasn’t very good, so she said, “What?” He repeated, “After sixty years, I’ve found you tried and true.” She said, “After sixty years, I’m tired of you too,”.

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