To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
Paul is talking about the ministry that he has been entrusted with
Paul’s ministry is not easy
The Gospel that Jesus brings is also for gentiles
What is the mystery that Paul is talking about?
God wanted his people to know about the power of what Jesus did
Words that stand out to me are “God chose”, “mature in Christ” “powerfully works in me”
In this part of Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he is addressing the ministry that God has trusted to Paul. In the previous couple of verses, Paul talks about how he rejoices in his sufferings for those he ministers to. He says that he has become a servant of the Gospel—a messenger commissioned to bring God’s Word to those in Colossae and to the world. However, this work is hard. Paul has suffered in many different ways. He has been beaten, thrown in prison multiple times, shipwrecked, etc. It has not been an easy road for him. However, Paul recognizes a truth that we as believers should hold strong to: The struggles that we face pale in comparison to the hope that we have in Jesus. Paul expresses this hope as glorious riches—riches that far exceed any earthly thing. The eternal hope of our salvation through Jesus is the most important message that we could share. Paul labors tirelessly so that Gentiles and Jews alike to come to know the saving power of God. Paul ends these verses with reminded his listeners that he can only do this through that power that God gives through his Spirit. When God entrusts us with what he has called us to, His sustaining power come with it. How much would your life look if you fully trusted that truth?
You are the sustainer of all things. Thank you for being sovereign. There are many times where I trust in myself to do what I think I need to do. And there are times when I make my minor sufferings and trials much bigger than they are. Help me to see your power and your faithfulness in the difficult seasons. Help me to lean on your promises and to trust that I am not alone in the things that I face. I pray that I would depend fully on your power and not my own. I pray that you would show me where you would have me share the Gospel. Give me the boldness and courage to be obedient in your calling. Amen.