The Apostle Paul sat in a prison, praying always for a church he’d not planted nor ever visited.
He picks up his pen and writes one of the most famous letters ever composed to a church in the small declining town of Colosse.
But this letter, to this church, is now forever part of our Bibles, and the very reason this town is remembered.
And these words of this ancient letter are Holy Spirit-inspired—living, active and meant for our hearts all these thousands of years later.
In some ways, our country is like that declining city. Many wonder if our best days as a nation are behind us.
But more than that, like the church at Colosse, the American church is being affected by false teaching. You, and I, and those we love, are at risk of being deceived.
This letter is a warning and a charge.
Paul details his powerful, faithful prayers for the people who have received Christ, to walk in a way that is worthy of Him (Col 2:6) and “be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy”; (Col 1:9-11)
These are big prayers for a young church that has been losing it’s way.
But Paul prayed with boldness because he knew those believers were absolutely qualified to be partakers of this worthy walk because of what had been done for them by Jesus.
In fact, all can walk worthy who call Jesus, Savior—even those believers who may have strayed, or even ran 100 miles the wrong way.
Those who call Jesus “Lord” can turn around, and we can walk worthy just like those Colossians could, because we have been delivered from the power of darkness, and redeemed by the blood of the Son.
That same POWERFUL blood that Paul preached is still at work today!
Because of this great redemption, we CAN walk worthy of the Lord— in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, being fruitful, increasing in the knowledge of God, and strengthened with all might!
We can walk worthy even in this hard world we find ourselves in.
These aren’t my words or some flimsy motivational speech! God’s Word tells us this is true!
“His divine power” (not ours) “has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. (2 Peter 1:3-4)”
God has given us all we need to know the way to take and to partake of the divine nature! Let’s remember that, remind each other of that, and walk in that!
Let’s read Colossians together! Are you ready? Go ahead and read chapter 1 on your own.