Monday, September 17, 2018
Colossians 3:12-14: Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 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. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
God's Chosen Ones:
What does God, through St. Paul, mean when He uses the phrase, "God's chosen ones?" In this case, the people that believe in His life and promise. AND, those who don't.
Think about this for a minute. God chooses EVERYONE to be saved. God WANTS everyone to be saved. Because of the stubbornness of people to choose not to know this, not everyone WILL be saved. So God is speaking to His Church, His people who believe in all that God did for them, especially the salvation from sins by means of Jesus. We are "holy and beloved" because we believe in Jesus and what He did.
Every aspect from God to demonstrate by words and actions what He continues to do for you and the rest of the world.
In other words, put your life as a Christian out there for all to see. Exercise compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, forbearance, and forgiveness. Put into practice everything to makes you a Christian. Including, the love that comes from God through His Son, Jesus, and radiates out from you and through you. Be Jesus with each other. Set aside all that is not Christ in you. As we love one another, we see Christ in each other and we show Jesus to the world.
This is our calling. This is our life. Let's do this.
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.