Scripture: Read Colossians 1:1-29.
Paul introduces himself as “an apostle of Christ Jesus,” and he wants you to know this isn’t a title but a function that he attributes to God: “by the will of God” (Col 1:1).
When we first meet Paul in Acts 9, he is praying and is told via Ananias, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles…; for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
I mention Paul’s commission because when you open his letter to you, he is praying for you. In fact, he has not stopped praying for you since he heard about your newfound faith (Col 1:3,9). I believe his prayers are still validated by God.
What does he want to talk about? No surprise here—the gospel. But notice the synonyms because each one tells you something special about this gospel: “The word of truth” (Col 1:5), “The grace of God in truth” (Col 1:6), “The hope of the gospel” (Col 1:23), “The word of God” (Col 1:25), and “The mystery” (Col 1:26).
When I hear Paul say, “Now, I am rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake,” I know he really means it for it is exactly what God told him would happen. The fact that he is rejoicing to do it tells us a lot about his relationship with Christ as well as the power within the gospel.
Two things are bearing fruit: the gospel is bearing fruit (Col 1:6) and you are bearing fruit (Col 1:10).
Complete this sentence: The gospel is bringing fruit out in my life by _____________________________
- Begin your prayer time by inviting the Holy Spirit to come give you His prayers.
- Spend some time focusing on God and thanking Him for Himself.
- Sit quietly for a few minutes and ask God what He wants to talk about.
- Then pour out your heart to Him.