DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION–SAK. EST
TODAY’S VERSE: COLOSSIANS 1:24-29
THEME: STEWARDS OF CHRIST
WORDS OF HOPE:
In Colossians 1, Paul’s aim is to help the Colossians see the importance and the preeminence of Jesus and in the process, he begins to describe his own ministry to them – a ministry that is all about Jesus. God has called Paul to be a steward of the church of God and to ensure that Jesus is proclaimed fully and that everyone grows to maturity in Him.
As we consider the ministry of Paul, it helps us understand what God has called us to: we are called to be stewards as well. As the people of God, we are to give our lives to the proclamation of Christ and to the growth of the church in Him. As Paul begins the description of his ministry, he makes this clear. His ministry has been accompanied by suffering.
But Paul does not see his suffering as a reason for discouragement; instead, he sees it as a reason for joy. Again, he saw his ministry as entrusted to him by God, not by his own strength. The stewardship that God has given Paul is to care for the church by making the Word (message) of God fully known. Paul’s stewardship is to make the Word of God fully known; the “Word of God” is defined as “the mystery.” Verses 26-27 help us understand the meaning of “the mystery.”
The first thing Paul explains about “the mystery” is that it has been hidden for ages and generations. Prior to the coming of Christ, no one could fully understand the nature of salvation or how God would fulfill His promises, though many longed to understand. The mystery is Christ and Christ to all men.
As we consider the example of Paul, we must recognize that we have been given the same stewardship. We are called to proclaim Christ and to help all men grow to maturity in Him. How are you helping others to come to the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ?
• Pray to accomplish your purpose as a steward of Christ.
• Pray to understand growth in the Lord.
• Pray for the grace to help others grow in the Lord.
Lord, may I be a responsible steward of the Lord in the name of Jesus. Amen