Friday May 21, 2021

Friday – May 21st – Colossians 4:7-9       -----

4:7 Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me.
8 I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts, 
9 with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make known to you all things which are happening here.
 
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
        THE LONGER YOU DWELL ON YOUR MISFORTUNES, THE GREATER IS THEIR POWER TO HARM YOU.*

     Hello Friday! Like the last several days our inspirational thought comes for my reading through the book of Job. While this seems fitting for what is going on in Job’s life, I cannot help but think that this statement has a powerful and universal significance for all people in all times. I know how easy it is to dwell on what is not going right, or planned, or hoped for in my life. I also know that it can be a short journey from dwelling to obsession, and that is when “the issue” takes control over my life. As we read through the book of Colossians, it is important to remember that Paul is in prison, and yet he is able to remain focused on the mission of sharing the story of Jesus. I need to be more intentional in making sure that my focus remains mission centered. When I focus on Jesus the misfortunes of my life are diminished proportionally.

     In our pick verses for today we move into the closing verses of Paul’s letter to the Colossians. He intentionally spends time sending personal greetings to individual members of the congregation. Paul first mentions his heartfelt appreciation for the courage and hard work displayed by both Tychicus and Onesimus, the bearers of this letter. Onesimus, was a runaway slave from Colosse who had been converted by Paul while in Rome. Onesimus is on his way back to make amends with his master – we will read this story in more detail in the book of Philemon. Paul gives instructions to all the Colossian believers to seek to fully assess their individual and particular circumstances as a way to stay strong in the Lord and connected to the faith. These words of encouragement give us insight into the strong fellowship of the early church members and the mutual love and concern among first-century Christians. We should take a page from their playbook so that we might focus on the same love and concern for believers today. Their example of having the attitude of Jesus is what we should be modeling in our lives today.

Blessings
  Pastor Jim
Saturday – May 22nd – Colossians 4:10-11

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Location 26833). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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