Saturday 9th September 2017
Colossians 4: 7-18 (NKJV)
Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me. 8I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts, 9with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make known to you all things which are happening here. 10Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, with Mark the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him), 11and Jesus who is called Justus. These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are of the circumcision; they have proved to be a comfort to me. 12Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. 13For I bear him witness that he has a great zeal for you, and those who are in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis. 14Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you. 15Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas and the church that is in his house. 16Now when this epistle is read among you, see that it is read also in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. 17And say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.” 18This salutation by my own hand—Paul. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Amen.
Paul continues his closing remarks in this epistle, by acknowledging many brethren who had been faithful alongside him in God’s work. He remembered to instruct to Archippus to fulfil the ministry (v. 17). Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter (v. 18; yet, he was still committed and zealous in ensuring that the brethren who were not in prison were appreciated and encouraged. Can you demonstrate this level of commitment today? Are you committed to the progress of God’s work even when you have problems? Have you withdrawn from the church and fellowship because people are not identifying with you in your problems? Learn from Paul’s example.
It is also important to note that the brethren mentioned in today’s passage had wonderful testimonies of faithfulness where they worked. Luke was a doctor and writer, Nympha gave her house for fellowship, Ephaphras laboured in prayers. God has placed us in different places in the society to advance His kingdom. We do not all have to be full-time ministers or evangelists to accomplish this. Create a testimony in your school, workplace or family that people will see and appreciate God’s glory in your life
Prayer: Lord, help me to remain faithful in all places and situations in Jesus name.