Think back to the first time you heard about God or started attending church. When was that moment you heard the Gospel and first connected with its message? Who played a significant role in leading you closer to Christ?
The Colossians first learned about the Good News through Paul’s friend and beloved co-worker, Epaphras, and ever since they were introduced to the truth, we read how they devotedly committed to Jesus and His cause. Like a domino effect, Paul wrote that this same news is now going out all over the world, bearing fruit everywhere and changing more lives.
When we talk with a neighbor, friend, or family members who is far from Christ, it can be tempting to bypass any mention of Jesus and assume someone else will someday share the Gospel with t. But this is a good reminder to us that, as God’s chosen people, we are God’s Plan A. We are called to spread the Good News. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to reach others for Him. Like a domino effect, when God’s people faithfully share the story of Jesus, it will bear fruit everywhere and change more lives.
Furthermore, even though Paul moved on in his travels, this didn’t mean he forgot about the church in Colossae. Instead, he consistently knelt before God and prayed for these men and women to be strengthened and have all the endurance and patience they need to continue in their faith journey.
As we talk about Jesus with our loved ones, acquaintances, and even strangers, may we also remember them in our prayers. Like Paul, it’s a powerful thing to bring these men and women before the throne of God and ask Him, who is able to do all things, to strengthen their faith and grant them endurance and patience for the road ahead.
Because Jesus has rescued us and given us with an eternal inheritance far beyond what we deserve, let’s do whatever it takes to share this saving grace with our world today.
- Who are the people that have played a significant role in your faith journey?
- May this be our simple prayer today: “Lord, please use me like you did with ________ to strengthen the faith of those around me today.”
Greetings from Paul
1 This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy.
2 We are writing to God’s holy people in the city of Colosse, who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ.
May God our Father give you grace and peace.
Paul’s Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, 5 which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.
6 This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.
7 You learned about the Good News from Epaphras, our beloved co-worker. He is Christ’s faithful servant, and he is helping us on your behalf. 8 He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you.
9 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, 12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. 13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
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