DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION–SAK. EST
TODAY’S VERSE: Colossians 4:7-18
THEME: COMMITMENT TO THE WORK OF THE GOSPEL
WORDS OF HOPE:
As Paul brings his letter to a close, he includes a variety of people. Earlier in Colossians, Paul taught how through Christ all divisions are done away with (Colossians 3:11); in Colossians 4 we see a picture of the diversity that exists within the people of God: Jews, Greeks, a slave (Onesimus), a doctor (Luke), a pastor (Epaphras), and a faithful hostess (Nympha).
When God calls people, He calls from every race and nation, every economic group and every sector of life and makes us one in Christ (1 Cor. 12:12–13; Eph. 2:17-19). In this passage, we see how different people contributed to the work. Epaphras started the work in Colossae. Tychicus and Onesimus deliver the letter to the Colossians.
Aristarchus, Mark and Justus ministered to and with Paul.
Luke was Paul’s friend and physician. Nympha was a host for the church in her city. God shows His wisdom in how He assembles the church: We all have unique and important roles to play in the work of the body.
Another characteristic of this passage is the deep love and fellowship that grows between followers of Christ. Paul calls Tychicus a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. The same is true of Aristarchus, who Paul calls his fellow prisoner because of his commitment to the work of the Gospel. Epaphras has an evident love for the Gospel and belief in the power of the Gospel in the lives of others. In this passage, we have examples of deep love and great sacrifice for the Gospel that should serve as reminders for us of our calling. We should strive for the same kind of love and commitment to the spread of the Gospel that Paul and his fellow ministers exemplified.
• Lord, may I be committed to the things of God.
• Lord, may I show love to fellow workers in the vineyard.
• Lord, may I be faithful in the work of the Lord.
Father, may we work in peace as disciples of the Lord in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen