Ken Mbugua - 9 March 2019
The Goal of the Missionary in Missions (Colossians 1:24–29)
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There was a lot to be thankful for in the church at Colosse, but the church had at the same time become blind to some of the dangers that they faced. Paul wanted the church to be aware of those dangers, and so he wrote to warn them of those dangers. In 1:24–29, Paul’s tone turns somewhat biographical as he seeks to show them what the work of a faithful minister looks like. Faithful ministry is characterised by suffering, stewardship, and strength.
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.