Summary: When we are Being rewarded for our obedience it is easer for us to be obedient, but suffer for our obedience we are usually not willing to do that.
Thesis: Rooted in a sacrificial life
Title: It’s all about Cost!
Let’s read out of Colossians chapter 1 verse 24-29
Vs. 24: Paul say’s he is rejoicing in his suffering. I don’t know about you, but suffering doesn’t sound fun.
When I hear the word suffering, I think of being stuck in a car with my parents and sisters for hours with them screaming and saying….. Now to me that is suffering.
But Paul here is talking about a true suffering. Not just an annoyance or an inconvenience. Some of you girls feel like your suffering when you break a nail or have a bad hair day and you guys aren’t off the hook! You feel like you’re suffering when a girl drops you like a bad habit. That hurts!
But Paul is suffering in prison for the Lords sake and he is glad to do this as a sign of obedience. Some of you would say, what do you mean obedience?
Well Paul was obedient to proclaim his faith no matter what the cost was, even when it meant he would have to suffer.
A lot of the time it is easy to obey the Lord when all is good, but when there may be suffering involved, we want to bail.
Being rewarded for our obedience We’re willing to do, but suffer for our obedience we are usually not willing to do that.
In Acts 9:15-16 the Lord told Ananias that Paul was a chosen vessel and he would suffer for the Lords name sake, and Paul did. I believe we will all, as believers, suffer for standing up for our God and our beliefs. I have and I’m sure you have!
How many of you have suffered for making a stance?
About five years ago I had to………………………………………..
So I believe Paul is saying that suffering is unavoidable but when we suffer, Christ feels it with us. Like Paul’s suffering it can be endured joyfully because it has purpose it changes lives and it can bring people into God’s Kingdom.
“Suffering produces character as we learn through it. Are you willing to suffer for the gospel?” Are we rooted in a sacrificial life?”
Vs. 25 Paul is stating his responsibility. “I was made a minister according to the stewardship of God, for your benefit, so that I may fully carry out the preaching of the Word.
” Paul understood what was given to him, to share the truth. Not his opinion, not his ideas, but the truth, not some variation of it.
But the things that are absolute. Paul was given to preach to the gentiles to bring them to the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
God has given the truth to you and I and He expects us to be good stewards of it.
What does steward mean? ( Webster says the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially : the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care
Sometimes I’m not a good steward. I hold back out of fear, or out of my own laziness from taking care of what God has given and has entrusted to me.
I can totally relate to some of you that at times we do not feel like conducting ourselves as Christians or we are not comfortable with sharing the gift that has been given to us with others.
It is easy to keep it all to ourselves and not share it with others. But you know just as much as I do, that we are not being good stewards of God’s Word when we keep it to ourselves.