Thursday 7th September 2017

Colossians 4: 1-6 (NKJV)

Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. 2Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; 3meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, 4that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. 5Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. 6Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Superiors usually give instructions to those under them. The aim of such instructions is to enable those under them to perform their work well and to free them from possible problems. In the last chapter of this epistle, Paul gives six important instructions to children of God. First he enjoins Christians to treat those who work under them with fairness and equity, remembering that God is the master over all men. He also emphasized the need to live a life of thanksgiving, with fervent prayers and watchfulness. Our prayers should not only focus on our needs but also for the extension of the Kingdom of God. We are also to pray for boldness for ministers and evangelists as they labour in God’s vineyard. Paul also emphasized the need for wisdom in our daily lives as we relate with others especially non-Christians, discipline in time management and discretion in speech.

These instructions show that Christians are not free to live anyhow they please. We must be aware of our mission as Christ’s ambassadors, tasked with the responsibility of representing God here on earth and extending His kingdom. Are you adhering to these biblical instructions?   

Prayer: Lord, help me to be committed to advancing the gospel and also to radiate your nature in my relationship with others.