Daily Archives: January 7, 2019
Welcome to 2019! This month, we are walking slowly through the book of Colossians. Paul wrote this letter to the church at Colossae, and Philemon which we’ll be reading in February, when he was imprisoned in Rome. This book offers practical guidelines for Christian living as well as encouragement and warning. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
Paul’s Labor for the Church
24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people.
Mission Accepted | Becky Newman
Paul is imprisoned in Rome as he writes this. After his miraculous conversion from Christian killer to extreme missionary, Paul’s life was not a cake walk — trials, imprisonments, shipwrecks, disappointments, angry mobs. But when you’re on a mission for God, you know you’re on His path for you. Despite whatever Satan’s trying to do to destroy and derail you, God’s on your side; Jesus Christ is with you as you go and make disciples of all the nations.
I purposely am skipping over the rest of verse 24 because I don’t get it. But I do get being on mission. The Great Commission to go and make disciples was not just on Paul. Matthew 28:19-20 was not directed at Paul or any one person but was directed at us as believers. Going is for all of us, being a servant of the church is for all of us, but how we “go” can be different, or I should say how God has planned us to go is different because He has created us through Jesus in so many different ways. In these verses, Paul is “going” through writing a letter. Paul did pretty much whatever to “go”, wherever he was. And I think that’s what You want from me — on mission, wherever I am, whatever I’m doing, and ready to go wherever You point or guide me. You have given me a mission to grow Your Kingdom by presenting the Truth in Your Holy Word in all of its fullness to those You place in my path. Mission accepted.
So funny, as I type these words from my journal that I wrote yesterday, I’m reminded of a funny moment with You last week when I was praying about hearing clearly the Word You are giving me to focus on this year. Last year’s Word was “ready”, and as I was looking at the sign my friend made with 2017’s Word and thinking about what this year’s sign would say, You popped the phrase “Ready, set, go!” into my head. Maybe we’re skipping “set” and heading straight to “GO!” I’m “set” on the foundation of Jesus Christ, so I’m ready to GO!
Lord, I love You. Today, as I type, I am so very thankful for my vision. I had Lasik last night, and I’m typing not even 24 hours later with 20/20 vision, no glasses, no contacts! Thank You, Lord, for the skills and creativity You’ve given us who were created in Your image to do amazing things! My SOAP didn’t go at all where I thought it was going as I started, and that means You controlled my pen — Hallelujah! Now I’m excited! Help me to carry out Your mission; show me how with each person You place in my path. As I write, as I respond in emails and on social media, as I drive in my car, as I work, as I eat with my family, as I do the dishes, as I teach kids at church, as I garden, as I grocery shop, may I be a servant of Your church, on mission, in Your will.
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