Today you should read: Colossians 1:24-29
Struggling, with all of HIS energy….
Paul was called by God. Indeed, the task he was given wasn’t given by man, nor did he conjure it up by himself. It was given to him by God. What was this task? It was to make known the mystery of Christ (share the gospel message), and help Christians to mature in Christ (teach and disciple), for the sake of the church.
Our passage today tells us all of these things. It also tells us that the means by which Paul would accomplish these things would mainly be through suffering. This task would be hard, he would suffer, he would be afflicted, he would be alone.
All of this sets us up for what we see at the end of our passage. The only way Paul could make it was to do it with Christ’s energy. Not his own. Verse 29 says,
“For this I toil, struggling with all His energy that He powerfully works within me.” (ESV)
If you’re anything like me, you can be prone to misery. Constant fatigue. Steady discouragement. Regular hurt. Daily despondency. All the while to be faithful to a mission and find satisfaction in Christ.
It’s not easy.
We can relate to some of Paul’s suffering, which is why we must trust in the same solution. As we struggle, we must struggle with all of His energy. Not our own. Anything else won’t work.
How do we do this? We depend on grace, we satisfy ourselves with Christ and His love, we delight in the delicacies of His promises through His Word, we cry out to Him daily, and we realize that we need Him more than we’ve acknowledged in the past…more than breath itself.
This is how we struggle with all of His energy. And it’s our only hope.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione