Thoughts on Colossians 3 (part 2)
Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:18-24 ESV)
We dissect these few verses often, as we should because there is a wealth of wisdom in them. I cannot do that – not yet at least.
What I did notice is the flow of the chapter: it started with general concepts (v12-v16), then an overarching theme (v17), then specific examples (v18-v22), then an reiteration of the overarching theme (v23-v24). I’ve read somewhere that this is a very good flow for presentations. Cool.
Second is that Christianity is not limited to Sundays, even not limited to alone time with God during the week. It should permeate every moment, every relationship, every action. I cannot separate “Christian time” from “Family time”, from “Professional time”.
Which is difficult! But! It’s actually good for me. It sounds like extra work, but it’s actually the opposite. The burden seems heavier, but now you have the superhuman strength of God. It is a great blessing to be able to include God in every aspect of my life. Don’t waste this wonderful opportunity.
Lastly, whatever it is, do it heartily.
Puso. At para sa Panginoon.