Joyce Meyer - Colossians Bible Study
In Colossians in chapter 1, there are 12 different lessons just in chapter 1. Now, obviously I don't have the time to get in depth into each one of these, but I believe by the time you leave here today that every person is going to get something, and maybe three, or four, or five somethings, that are going to convict you and help you to really live the life that Jesus died for us to live.
Now, I'm all about people being saved, love evangelism, love to see people receive Christ. That has to be part of everybody's ministry, but to be honest, the real call on my life is and always has been to help people, once they're saved, grow and mature so they can have the life that Jesus died to give them.
He didn't die just so we could get saved and someday go to heaven, and spend years here miserable. The thief comes only to steal, to kill, to destroy. But Jesus said, "I came that you might have and enjoy your life, and have it in abundance, to the full until it overflows". Amen?
And I'm not talking enjoying life when it's time for a vacation or when you get to go shopping. I'm talking about I believe that God offers us an ability to enjoy everyday, ordinary, plain old life. You know, if the only time we can enjoy ourself is when something exciting is going on, then we're going to miss a lot of joy in life.
So, how many of you are ready to just dig a little bit deeper and really learn more? All right. I'm only going to read the first maybe five or six verses of Colossians chapter 1 just to kind of give you a little bit of what I'm talking about here, and then we're going to begin to get into the study of it and look at some of the other verses.
Colossians 1, verse 1, "Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus [the Messiah], by the will of God". So, boy, we should underline "By the will of God" because if we're not doing what we're doing because we really believe it's God's will for us to do it, how can we ever do it well or how can we enjoy it?
You say, "Well, how can I know if I'm in the will of God?" Well, to be honest, it's not all that hard. I mean, God is not going to give you something to do that's going to make you miserable all the time. I believe that if we're in the will of God, whatever we're doing, number one, we're going to be pretty good at it. I don't think that we should have to spend our life feeling like we're trying to put a round peg in a square hole all the time.
You know, I'm very comfortable doing what I'm doing. I've had to learn things about, you know, not getting up here and trying to impress people, and so on and so forth. Although I work hard, what I'm doing is not hard for me to do because I'm in the will of God doing it.
Now, if you're really designed to be a stay-at-home mom and that's where God wants you, and you're off trying to do something else because you think that that's what you need to do to be a modern woman, you're going to be miserable.