The apostle Paul concludes his letter to the church of Colosse with specific instructions to these 10 people and the “brothers” at Laodicea.
Brothers at Laodicea
Nympha & the church in her house
Based off what was said, we know that these are not just surface level friendships but true burden bearing, life-giving friendships and partnerships in the Gospel. Before getting personal with these individuals the apostle Paul addresses 3 very important things in verses 2-6.
First, he talks about the importance of prayer (v. 2). He encourages us to never give up on prayer and that we start with, continue with, and end with prayer when reaching out to others. We know that not only does God move when we pray but that we also change when we are spending that type of intimate time with our Heavenly Father.
Second, we see how our everyday actions and words matter with others (v. 5a, 6). We are to live our lives, always remembering our Gospel witness in what we say and do. We are to live in such a way that points people to Jesus, not away from Him, and many of us can do one or the other through our words or actions.
Lastly, we are to make the most of every opportunity to share the Gospel (v. 5b, 3-4). This is having a missionary mindset, to maximize every chance we are given to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming true disciples of Jesus Christ.
Out of the three (prayer, actions & words, making the most of every opportunity for the Gospel), which do you struggle with the most? How can we help you as a church to take steps in that area? Please leave a comment below so we can encourage you in it.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor