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Day Five – Glorious Riches

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Colossians 1:24-29 (TNIV)

Paul’s Labor for the church

24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

28 We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.

Reflection:

The words, “rejoice” and “suffering” couldn’t be more different.  But for Paul, not only could he use them in the same sentence, but passionately declare with his whole being that this was how he would live.  Paul had spent his entire life studying scripture but as he described it, it was a mystery to him; it was hidden.  But when the Lord opened his eyes to see, there was an explosion that occurred in his life.  The mystery was unraveled and the glorious riches of God’s Word was revealed: Jesus Christ, the hope of glory.  There was no holding back after that.  He describes it as strenuously contending with all the energy that Christ so powerfully worked in him… an unstoppable force motivated and sustained by the power of Christ!

Responding to the Transmission:

Paul’s mission was to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles, and this is a main theme in Acts, and also for the mission of the church thereafter.  Let’s pray that God would open doors in our campuses, workplaces and neighborhoods for us to share the Gospel with others.  Let’s ask that as we do so, that the glorious riches of God would be revealed and known in greater measure.

Day Four – I will… take you… keep you… hold you…

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Day Three – My Treasured Possession

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Day Two – Who We Are

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

It Is Too Small A Thing…

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Day One – “Shine your light and let the whole world sing…”

Monday, June 21st, 2010