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Glorifying God In Our Spiritual Life (Colossians 3:1-17)

Phillip Stuckey, February 7, 2021
Part of the The Christian Life series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

How would you describe your spiritual life, your relationship with God? Is He a constant part of your life where you are engaging with Him in daily Bible study, prayer, and meditation, letting Him impact your daily decisions, your hope for the future, and your contributions to the local church? Or do you feel like your relationship is lacking, that you don’t feel a constant connection, that you aren’t consistent in spending time with Him, in letting Him shape your character, hopes, and your involvement in the church and you want to do better? Or do you feel completely disconnected from God – you don’t pursue any time with Him or make any real effort to grow spiritually and you feel lost and disillusioned? Wherever you are, God wants you to draw closer and deepen your connection to Him. How can we go about glorifying God through Jesus in our spiritual life? Let’s consider Paul’s words to the church in Colossae to find some help and encouragement (Col. 3:1-17).

Tags: Bible Study, Christian Living, Faith, God, Holiness, Love, Prayer, Sacrifice, Spiritual Life, Transformation, Worship

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Colossians 3:1–17 (Listen)

3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

(ESV)

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