Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Colossians 1:24-2:7

One verse speaks loudly to me in today's reading.

"We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ." (1:28)

Christ's message if for everyone. Everywhere Paul and the other apostles went they brought the Good News to all who would listen. When Paul and his colleagues proclaimed the Gospel, their message had two parts. They warned that without Christ people are doomed to eternal separation from God (the admonishment). And, salvation is available through faith in Christ (the teaching)

Per the Great Commission, we are all called to spread the Word. Today's reading tells us we should tell others about Christ as Christ works in us. We should warn and teach others in a loving manner.

Do you know someone that needs to hear the Gospel message? What is preventing you from sharing it with that person? One of my favorite stories regarding this point is: if your friend was dying of cancer and you knew the cure, wouldn't you tell him/her? I submit that we would. Then if a friend of yours is setting themselves up for eternal separation from God (far worse than dying of cancer) and, of course, you know the cure (the Gospel message), why do you not tell him/her? I encourage us all to tell others so they may have a chance to find Christ. I know it is sometimes scary, but what do we have to be afraid of knowing that the Holy Spirit will be with us?

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