Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Colossians 1:24-29 Devotional

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

What a clear mandate and mission that Paul has in his life: "Proclaim Christ to, Warn, and Teach Everyone." Ministry seems to get so complicated. I need to make decisions about the parachurch and churches we support, I need to make a "mission covenant", I need to plan for services that allow people to worship fully, answer emails, and so on. Yet Paul puts it so simply. I think I end up focusing more on the "Teach" rather than the Proclaim and Warn, especially not the Warn. Yet it is for this that Paul toils, empowered by Christ working within him. He suffers for this. This is his life. I only pray that I may live a "life worthy of the calling [I] have received." (Ephesians 4:1)

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