Pastor Scott’s Weekly Blog – CONVERSATIONS in Christ

“At the same time,
PRAY also for US,
that God may open to US
a DOOR for the word,
to declare the mystery of Christ”
Colossians 4:3
 
Conversations—In Christ
 
What kinds of conversations does Paul mention in the final chapter of Colossians?
I notice three.
 
First, conversations with Christ. We call this prayer. In the final chapter Paul now asks his readers to pray for him and for the sharing of the mystery of Christ. Did you notice that he models prayer throughout the letter before he asks them to pray. He prays for them in 1:3 “We thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you.” In verse nine in the same first chapter he writes “…we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will.” Then in the final verses he invites them to pray also, and to pray for him and spreading of the Good News of Jesus. How are your conversations with Jesus?
 
Second, conversations with those who are “not yet” followers of Jesus. We call this witnessing. Paul writes in 4:6 “Let your speech always be seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” I love this verse because it reminds me of grilling and smoking meat. Seasoning. Seasoning so that others find it enjoyable. Did you also notice these conversations are about “answering.” This means that someone must be asking. How are your conversations with those “not yet” following Jesus? Are you giving seasoned responses to their questions?
 
Third, conversations with one another. We call this encouragement. Paul mentions the prayers of Epaphras who prays and encourages the readers to “stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God” (4:12) These are sweet conversations indeed. Conversations that encourage friend and family to stay strong in faith and active in love. Who are you encouraging toward maturity?
 
We will give attention to these three conversations with special emphasis on “declaring the mystery of Christ” mentioned in the key verse above. The mystery of Christ is intended to be made known.
 
What is this mystery? Is it humanity’s problem with sin and rebellion? No that is not a mystery– it is lived out and clear to see and know every day. What is the mystery then? It is God’s unrelenting grace and mercy in Christ for those who struggle daily with their sin and brokenness. This is the mystery that Jesus followers get to tell one another and all those who will blessed to know this great mystery.

See you in Worship!

Pastor Scott


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