Scripture: Colossians 1:1-14
Key verses: (3-4) “In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, . . .”
Reflection: Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be known for your faith in Jesus Christ and your love of others? The members of the church in Colossae were such people. They were good and faithful followers of Jesus following the teachings and example of the Apostle Paul. It is obvious when you read this letter how pleased Paul is with them. These first 14 verses in Paul’s letter are some of the most encouraging words he ever writes to any congregation. There is much here to instruct us as we seek to grow in faith and become more loving people. Think how powerful a witness we would make to others in the world around us if we lived out of the grace of God, filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, leading lives worthy of the Lord. Everyone we came in contact with us would see God’s strength and light in us!
Over the course of my life, I have met people who lived up to this description. They are the kind of people who make you feel comfortable, accepted and cared for. They are the kind of people who take an interest in your interests; who encourage you when you are down; and forgive you when you are wrong. They are the kind of people who live out of the redemption and forgiveness they have received through Jesus Christ by serving others. They are the saints we can aspire to become – with God’s help.
Prayer: Loving God, help us to live into our faith becoming the men and women you intend for us to be. May we be strengthened by your presence in our lives. Show us how to live joyfully in the light of your forgiveness and grace. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].