Striving Towards a Particular Goal
Colossians 1:28–29 (ESV)
28Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
29For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
1. Work straightforward.
· If you don’t attempt to accomplish something in particular, you’ll accomplish very little in general. What does this passage teach we should all be striving for?
· Warning: If you don’t confront sin in particular, it will get worse. What sin do you need to confront in your life?
· Teaching: What particular steps do you need to take in order to experience victory over that sin?
· Colossians 3:16 says that we’re supposed to be warning and teaching each other; this isn’t a job just for pastors. How can other members of your small group help you grow in your particular struggle?
2. Work smart.
· We are to work “in all wisdom.” What does that mean?
· The terms “teaching everyone with all wisdom” and “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20) are referring to the same responsibility that we each have. In your estimation, why is it so difficult for God’s people to get involved in other people’s lives to such a thorough degree?
· What practical steps can each of us take to work smart and study God’s Word with other people?
3. Work hard.
· Paul says he is exhausted and in agony in his work. Do you tend to think that serving the Lord should be easy?
· Paul says he works hard because God is working in him. How is this truth something you can rest in while you work hard? In what ways can you see that God is working in you?
· Regardless of your greatest area of weakness, we all need to stop complaining to some degree. How have you grown spiritually in this area over the past few weeks? Do you really believe that God’s indwelling power is strong enough to change long standing bad habits like habitual complaining?