We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints; because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth; as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, who also declared to us your love in the Spirit. (Colossians 1:3-8, NKJV)
When Paul did pray for the Colossians, he was full of gratitude. Is it possible that those who pray the most end up having the most reasons to thank God?
Paul was thankful for their faith in Christ Jesus and their love for all the saints. Genuine faith in Jesus will always have a true love for God’s people as a companion.
Paul was thankful for the hope laid up for the Colossians in heaven. He was thankful when he considered the destiny of the Colossian Christians.
Notice the familiar refrain of faith, hope, and love. These were not stiff theological ideas to Paul. It was a reality that dominated his thinking as a Christian.
Paul was thankful that their eternal destiny was changed by the truth of the gospel, brought by Epaphras.
Epaphras is described as a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf. This does not mean that Epaphras was superior to the other Christians in Colosse. The word minister does not mean “superior”; it means “one who serves.” A minister, Biblically speaking, is a servant. That is a far cry from the way churches operate today.
Paul was thankful that the gospel was bringing forth fruit over all the world, even while Paul was in a Roman prison.
“The doctrine of the Gospel is represented as a traveler, whose object it is to visit the whole habitable earth . . . So rapid is this traveler in his course, that he had already gone nearly through the whole of the countries under the Roman dominion and will travel on until he has proclaimed his message to every people, and kindred, and nation, and tongue.” – Adam Clarke
Points To Ponder
- How is your prayer life? Paul prayed without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
- Do you have a prayer list? It can be helpful.
- Would your spouse, children, and friends say you are a thankful person?
Father God, You desire that we would be a praying and thankful people. Teach us, Holy Spirit, to pray without ceasing. Help us to be a thankful and grateful people. In Jesus name, Amen.
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