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!
13 I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. 14 Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.
What’s In It For Me? | Marianne Toovey
My Bible notes state the fact that Epaphras was praying for Colosse (v. 12) as well as the surrounding areas of Laodicea and Hieropolis suggests that he was the pioneering evangelist in those three cities. If he’s so important, why had I never heard of him until a few months ago? Shouldn’t he be more famous like Paul or Luke?
In Colossians 3:23-24, Paul reminds the Colossians whom we work for and why. Epaphras wasn’t trying to become famous. He was just doing what he had to do to keep the Gospel alive in the hearts of these new Christians. He doesn’t care whether he’s mentioned throughout the New Testament or not, because he has his reward and it’s better than anything fame or praise on earth could have given him.
Well, this is a fun message to get on your birthday – the one day a year it’s actually encouraged to be praised and celebrated! But it’s one I’ve particularly struggled with this week, and God’s timing is perfect (for better or worse!). It’s not about me even when I want it to be. I don’t need to be praised, remembered, or celebrated by my fellow man if I have my eyes fixed on the true prize, and working for the betterment of God’s kingdom rather than my own. My heavenly reward will be far better than anything I can imagine here, so why waste my time chasing dreams that won’t last? I can use any day to bring God glory, and I might as well begin with today.
Lord, help me to remember today especially that it’s not all about me. The praise and celebration will fade, but You never will. Help me to fix my eyes on You, to chase Your dreams. Instead of accepting glory for myself, remind me to give it to you instead – even when I’m being especially stubborn! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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