Colossians 1:1-23 addresses our tendency to drift. We start a diet or a project and we are all gung-ho but if it is harder than we think, takes longer than we think, costs more than expected then our enthusiasm wanes. Remember the commercial, “Bet you can’t eat just one!” A little cheat, a little rest, a break from the project and then we promise ourselves we will return revived. Somehow it is not that easy as dieters know. How does Paul advise this young group of Christians that has no written Bible, is surrounded by other faiths, and influenced by false teaching?
Paul opens with complements that remind them of their good start and their good influence on others. He has heard of their faith and their love for all. They have touched the world. They are important.
Next Paul assures them they are prayed for continually and specifically. He prays that they will be filled with the knowledge of God’s will through the Holy Spirit that is there to guide them. They are not abandoned and are not isolated but God is present working in them, with them, and through them. We need to be reminded periodically of this truth and if specific examples can be given then hope grows stronger.
But lastly Paul points them to Jesus, reminding them of his presence at creation, his power from the Father, and his resurrection and power over death. Paul focuses on them, “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds, because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you…”
We all get the blahs and have times when we coast in our faith. We don’t feel important or we feel confused or perhaps guilty for some wrong. As Lion King would say, “Remember who you are!” Remember who has your back – your community and your God. And always never forget who Jesus is and how far he has brought you. Which of these three words of advice do you need today? Perhaps draw a timeline and mark when faith first became a reality to you and then mark some of the high points along the way, answered prayer, experiences of God’s grace, special events that touched you. Then pray a brief prayer of thanksgiving over each one. Blessings as you enter your future. You are important!