“Above all, put on love—the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful. Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:14-17)
Paul, in his letter to the Colossians, was always one to encourage. Here he encouraged them to be about love. Love towards one another and love to those around them. This love is possible because of what Jesus was doing in and through them. Because of Jesus, we are able to love. We are able to be united. We are able to be thankful. We are able to sing.
Paul also tells the Colossians that “whatever” they do, they should do it in Jesus’ name. Because He should be all about what we say and do. This week, let us be about that as well. Let us love and encourage one another. Let us in whatever we say and do, do it for the glory of God because of Jesus.
“Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the message, to speak the mystery of the Messiah, for which I am in prison, so that I may reveal it as I am required to speak.” (Colossians 4:2-4)
Paul in his letter to the Colossians made a point to not only encourage them to keep on in their faith but to also remind them that they’re not alone. Prayer is such a key part to this. Paul knew personally of the power of prayer and wanted to encourage them to be about prayer.
Sometimes it’s hard to pray whether it’s because we don’t know what to pray for or we get discouraged by not hearing a response. But Paul reminds them (and us) to devote ourselves to prayer and to do it with thanksgiving. Of course when we pray for others that is a great way to remember the power of prayer and to encourage others. Paul needed the prayers as he was continuing on his work. There are many out there who are doing the work that could use the prayers for doing the work of Christ. And they in turn are praying for you and your faithfulness for serving God.
This week let us all be in prayer. Let us devote ourselves to it and may we all be growing closer to the Lord as we do.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.”
Jesus is everything. And the awesome thing is that He gave up everything so that we could be reconciled. He came to Earth to die on the cross for our sins so that we could be redeemed. He is the one who has rightful authority over us because of His place of rule over creation. And He loves us so much.
This week, let us remember who Jesus is and all that He has done for us. And let us never forget how much He loves us.