Day 21: Colossians 1:28

For a reminder of what I am doing this month, read this post.

Colossians 1:28

So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ.

Today I feel that this verse on its own is not enough and it would be better to show it in its full context, so I will include the verses preceding it:

Colossians 1:24-27

I am glad when I suffer for you in my body, for I am participating in the sufferings of Christ that continue for his body, the church.  God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his entire message to you.  This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people.  For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.

This is where the “so” part comes in – because of all this, we tell people about Christ.  This passage was talking about Christ coming for the Gentiles as well, which means me, and probably you (unless I have Jewish readers that I’m unaware of).  This message of salvation was not known to people until Jesus came, and only then did it begin to be revealed.  So it was with his death and resurrection and the Great Commission, that the disciples began to spread the news of what He did.

It should then be our goal to spread this news to all people – that Jesus died for us and will forgive our sins when we ask Him to.  When I am getting my kids ready to go to church, I dress them up, make sure their hair isn’t flying in every direction, and often give them instructions for the time they will not be with me – be nice, tell the teacher if you have to go to the bathroom, don’t hit people, and so on.  I want them to be presentable to others, and like many mothers, I want their appearance and behaviour to be a good reflection of my mothering.  When we share Christ with others, we should put our all into it – not just giving half of the story and leaving them to figure out the rest on their own.  We should give them the whole story – use all the wisdom He has given us – and also tell them our personal reasons for believing in Christ.  In this way, when we face our Creator, not only will we be presentable, but those we witnessed to will be presentable as well (made perfect in their relationship with Christ). 

Obviously, this is another task for us to work at daily.  I personally feel that I was not born with the spiritual genetics of an evangelist – witnessing does not come easy to me – but even in the way I act and talk, I can be a witness.  And there will be times when even those of us not accustomed to outright witnessing will be in a position where only this will be appropriate.  The question in those times will be whether we are prepared for it or not. 

This verse of the day comes from Air1.

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