Encouraging Gospel Partners
Have you ever experienced God’s encouragement amidst your low moments? Friends, God may send someone to lift your spirit through prayers, kind words, and good deeds. We shall see these things in Colossians 4:1-18 that we will study together.
In this passage, we will see the apostle Paul, after dealing with the challenges that the Colossian church faced (back in chapters 1-3), he now moves to encourage them to continue the work of the Lord. Paul encouraged them to…
1. Continue to be persistent in prayer.
“Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven. 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; 3 praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; 4 that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.” Colossians 4:1-4.
· Be spiritually awake and watch for things to pray.
· “continue earnestly in prayer” (NASB) the Greek word means to be courageously persistent.
· God will hold us responsible for our lack of courage in prayer.
· It also takes courage to pray for our own opportunities and clarity in sharing the Gospel.
2. Continue establishing your credibility of the Christian Faith.
“5 Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”
· Use every opportunity to display your faith.
· Establishing credibility is a long process but destroying it may take a few seconds.
· Our speech should not only bring spiritual blessings but enlightenment through clear explanations of the Word of God.
3. Continue the good work that God has called you to do.
“7 As to all my affairs, Tychicus, our beloved brother and faithful servant and fellow bond-servant in the Lord, will bring you information. 8 For I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts; 9 and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of your number. They will inform you about the whole situation here.”
· Paul mentioned the names of his partners in the ministry, the volunteers who toils for the Lord.
· Paul publicly affirmed his ministry partners so that they will continue with the work with renewed strength.
“33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33