Daily Devotional – Tuesday April 25 2006
Colossians 1:1 - 14
Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.
I am sure that Jesus’ faithful followers were in great need of reassurance in the days following the events of Easter. It is hard to imagine how they would have felt. They had experienced the great joy and relief of the resurrection. But what about their guilt for their behavior before and during Christ’s trial and crucifixion? Christ’s visits to them in his heavenly state must have been a great relief for them in terms of dealing with their own emotions. We can only imagine how this reassurance gave them the strength to do the hard work that was in front of them.
Paul’s letter to the Colossians starts with a wonderful greeting. He acknowledged that he knew what they were doing and how wonderful it was. Don’t we all need this kind of reassurance? I know that I do. Being a faithful Christian was difficult and dangerous at that time. This kind of reassurance was necessary to keep the people of Colos’sae connected to the body of Christ. It was essential that they knew that Paul and others were praying for them. We all know the importance of encouraging the young through positive reinforcement of good behavior. I find I am not so good at this when dealing with older folks like myself. In some respects this reinforcement is equally important for us.
Why did Paul write this letter? What motivated it? There is really nothing new in it and he confirms what they already knew. I think he wanted them to know that he cared about them and cared enough to write and say so. We don’t write letters very often anymore, do we? It is a shame because letters can be a very personal way of saying that you care about someone. As Christians are we not called to care about each other? I think so.
As we were reminded on Sunday morning “many small acts of kindness (caring) can make a big difference. May God bless you this day and every day.
John Dickie, April 25, 2006