Berean Lamp Memory Verse - Colossians 3:23 - (May4-11)
Our Memory Verse for this week comes from Colossians 3. The Memory Verse for the Devotional this Friday is the third in a series looking at Peter's question, "what sort of people ought you to be" as a Christian, especially since everything in this world is destined for destruction. This is a very good question for us, especially now in a world that increasingly demands our attachment to it. Last time we looked at how God wants us to bear the Fruit of the Spirit in ourselves for Him while doing the good works that He has created us to do in Jesus Christ. This week, we're looking at why we are to be doing good works in the first place as Believers. What are these good works for? How is it imitating our Heavenly Father? How does it relate to and reflect the Kingdom of Heaven? When we are doing good works for the Lord, are we working alone? Why is it important that we not only do good works but have our hearts in the right place, bearing the Fruit of the Spirit? Let's look together in God's Word for insights into our daily living as Believers in this world, "so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world" (Philippians 2:15).
May we tirelessly draw near to God in our daily lives as we run the race He has set before us. May we seek His glory, not our own in every work we do, imitating Jesus at all times, for He worked the works of His Heavenly Father to bring His Father glory in the earth. May we also seek our Heavenly Father's glory that in all things we would be "conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might be the firstborn among many brothers" (Romans 8:29b), for Jesus is our perfect example as our sinless, older Brother. May we seek to imitate Him in every aspect of our lives. Amen.
Our Memory Verse for this week is:
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23 ESV).
Other verses to consider:
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24).
“For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God” (John 3:20-21).
“Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to accomplish His work’” (John 4:34).
“Jesus answered them, 'I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep'” (John 10:25-26).
“By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My disciples” (John 15:8).
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Galatians 5:22-24).
“Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10).
“For the word of the Lord is upright, and all His work is done in faithfulness” (Psalm 33:4).
“Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth” (Psalm 74:12).
“For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:8-10).
“Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth” (Colossians 1:4-7).
“Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them” (Psalm 111:2).
“All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD, and all Your saints shall bless You! They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and tell of Your power, to make known to the children of man Your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of Your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations. [The LORD is faithful in all His words and kind in all His works.]” (Psalm 145:10-13)
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
“And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs” (Mark 16:20).
“‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and cast out demons in Your name, and do many mighty works in Your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness’” (Matthew 7:22-23).