Colossians 3 Lesson

Transformation And The Renewing Our Minds

Our focus verse for today’s lesson is:

  • "Set your minds on the things that are above, not on the things that are on earth." – Colossians 3:2.

What does it mean to, “Set your minds on the things above, not on the things that are on earth?”  

Simply put, it means to follow Jesus and not the world!    

In Colossians Chapter 3, Paul lists ten things that followers of Jesus should not partake in:

  1. Immorality,
  2. Passion,
  3. Evil desire,
  4. Greed,
  5. Anger,
  6. Wrath,
  7. Malice,
  8. Slander,
  9. Abusive speech,
  10. Lying.

These are the sins of the world, and not for Christians to partake in. We have a higher calling. As children of God and disciples of Jesus, we are to focus our efforts on glorifying God and serving others.

As Christians, we are supposed to demonstrate the following in all that we say and do:

The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans:

  • “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2.

What does the above scripture mean? In practical terms, it means that we are to stop doing a lot of the things that we used to do.   God wants us to develop new habits based on our desire to bring Him glory and to serve others.     

There are many things that we can do to begin our transformation. They do not need to be big things; they can be little things.     

  • “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – a Chinese proverb.

BEGINNING EACH DAY WITH A PRAYER

For starters, we can begin each day with a prayer.   Maybe we have something that we want to thank God for?   Perhaps we have something that has been worrying us and we want to ask for His help?   Perhaps we have a big decision to make, and we want to pray for wisdom.

Starting off each day with a prayer sets the proper tone for the day, it pleases God, and it makes us feel great!

Being transformed means  carving out time to be in God’s word every day.

SETTING ASIDE TIME TO BE IN GOD'S WORD

After we wake up and pray, many of us will review in our minds what we have planned for the upcoming day.   We set reminders for ourselves to make sure that we do not forget anything important that we must do.  Being transformed means making sure that time in God's word is added to our list of things to do each day

GIVING THANKS

Another thing that we can do is to give thanks.   Even during our worst days, we can find something to be thankful for.   We can have an attitude of gratitude towards God. Paul wrote in his first letter to the Thessalonians:  

  • “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:18.    

BEING KIND

Kindness is contagious!  As others see our smiling faces and our humble demeanor, they are more inclined to smile and be humble themselves.  The effects of our kindness can be multiplied throughout the day as we interact with more people. 

Every interaction with another soul is an opportunity for us to be kind to them.  Kindness is a fantastic way to spread the Gospel!  Remember, people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care. 

SERVING OTHERS

A transformation can be as easy as committing to doing at least one kind thing every day for someone else.This could be listening to a friend or co-worker and offering them words of encouragement.   Being kind to others makes us feel great and shows others that we care. It is also one of the best ways to evangelize.   There is an old saying, “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.”   Acts of kindness bring people together and glorify God.   As it says in the Book of Ephesians:

  • “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgivingeach other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” - Ephesians 4:32.

Being transformed means serving others, not ourselves!

Jesus said:

  • “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.” – Mathew 20:28.  

Jesus was always seeking out ways to help others.   Shortly before His death, He washed the feet of His disciples.   They did not understand why Jesus, The Son of God, would do that.   Jesus explained it to them as follows:

  • “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.  Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” – John 13:14-17.       

ENDING EACH DAY WITH A PRAYER

Lastly, we can be transformed by ending our day the same way that we started it, in prayer.   If we begin and end each day with prayer, we are renewing our minds.   God wants us to share what is on our minds and in our hearts.   He wants us to choose to spend time with Him.   His schedule is never too full, He is never too busy, and He is always happy to hear from us.   When we pray, it is a good idea to remember how Jesus taught us to pray, as recorded in the Book of Mathew:

Jesus said:

  • “Our Father, who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from evil.   (For Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever.   Amen.)” - Mathew 6:9-13.

Notice how Jesus started His prayer by showing reverence to God, and then He asked for three things:

  1. Daily bread,
  2. Forgiveness,
  3. To not be tempted.

The things that Jesus included in His prayer were not flashy, expensive, or materialistic.   They were much more important than those worldly things. The things that Jesus included in His prayer were the things that we need to be right with God!

CONCLUSION

There are six things we can do each day to renew our minds and be transformed:

  1. Start every day with a prayer,
  2. Set aside time to study the Bible every day,
  3. Give thanks to God,
  4. Be kind to others,
  5. Serve others,
  6. End our day with a prayer.

According to the book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Steven Covey, it takes twenty-one days to make a habit. Why not start your transformation today? In just three weeks, you will have developed habits that will enable your transformation and for you to become the Christian that God created you to be!

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.   But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Mathew 6:19-21.

Comments

PEGGY S TANNER

In todays world we hear more from people talking about the coming of the LORD. I only hope that lot of people hear and believe that HE is coming and that all should be prepared to meet him in the air. Since I receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour in May 1966 as a church member, Sunday school teacher, mother of one at that time, as a Baptist since a baby, my life and family has been so blessed and taken care of now for 58 years. I have truly been blessed by these lesson. God bless you and supply all your needs.

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Dan W

Your suggested list of what to do daily will make a huge difference in our own lives and the lives of others.

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