Formations lesson for April 28: A People Called to More
April 12 2002 by Steve Zimmerman , Colossians 4:1-6

Formations lesson for April 28: A People Called to More | Friday, April 12, 2002

Friday, April 12, 2002

Formations lesson for April 28: A People Called to More

By Steve Zimmerman Colossians 4:1-6

You've seen it. It's that moment of truth when the application at the end of the Sunday School lesson comes into play. Some people in the class get that glazed over look. They either don't get the point due to lack of sleep the night before or maybe the poor teaching habits of the leader. Others seem to soak up every word and make sure they "know the letter of the law." It seems like only a small minority truly understands and then sets out being changed from the experience.

Paul in his final words to the Colosse Christians wanted to make sure they applied what they had learned from him.

In this text we find four key areas that he admonishes them to follow so they can make a difference in their world. He knew that having only an intelligent understanding of the Christian faith is not good enough. It had to be lived out or else it is no good.

Remembering whose you are (Colossians 4:1) The last few verses in chapter three reflect the apostle's instructions on how to live in the home and with your employer at work. Many people in the early church would be classified as slaves. Yet there were a growing number of masters who were being converted to the faith. In this verse he reminds the owners that they are also slaves. They now are under the lordship of Christ. If they truly belong to a heavenly master, their behavior would reflect Christ.

Praying faithfully (Colossians 4:2-4) Paul knew the power of prayer. He also realized that the prayers of many would help change the world, as they knew it. In these verses he gives some areas where these Christians can pray specifically. Not only do they need to communicate with God for their spiritual health and well being; they can also be instruments through prayer to help the kingdom flourish beyond where they live.

The same holds true today. The responsibility of our prayer life does not need to center around just our own part of the world.

Acting wisely (Colossians 4:5) The lifestyle of these early believers was critical for the growth of the church. Their personal actions would set the tone on whether or not others would come to faith in Christ. But their behavior was intertwined with their relationship with Christ. If they did keep a close connection with God in their daily lives by seeking His will and purpose (wisdom), opportunities would abound to share their new joy with others. Paul realized that healthy, vibrant Christians, who lived out their faith, would naturally bring in others to Christ.

That challenge is true for us today. How well are we attracting others to Him?

Talking gracefully (Colossians 4:6) This condition is not about social etiquette. It is a reminder that whatever is usually important in our hearts will spill out in our conversations. Ask any newly engaged couple about the person they will be marrying and you will hear all the wonderful attributes of their soon-to-be spouse.

Our love relationship with Christ is so special that we do have the chance to make an impact. We can become agents of positive change to a world that has lost its way and direction. We are flavoring to those people who have lost their taste of what it is to be truly alive. We are a special preservative to those folks rotting in sin.

Yet our talk does not need to be shallow. The Christian faith is not wrapped in feelings alone. We must continue to strive toward understanding more about our Christian journey. We must be able to have the ability to make our beliefs understandable to those around us. A Christian needs to balance both a heart-felt and head-smart faith and be capable of making it known to others.

Now that is where application comes in!

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