Colossians 1:29, NIV: "To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me."
Colossians 1:29, NLT: "That's why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ's mighty power that works within me."
The Apostle Paul faced severe hardships while spreading the gospel message of Christ. And yet he continued moving forward until his last breath to make sure all creation knew the message of Jesus Christ.
So what’s his secret? What gave him the strength to keep going, when most people would've quit years ago?
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
The Apostle Paul faced severe hardships while spreading the gospel message of Christ. And yet he continued moving forward until his last breath to make sure all creation knew the message of Jesus Christ. So what’s his secret?
He tells us in Colossians chapter one verse 29. Now, to help keep this verse in context, in verse 28 Paul tells us his main goal is to make believers fully mature in Christ. Now, picking up in verse 29 in the NLT translation, “That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.”
Paul says, “I work.” The original Greek word means “to labor.” This word gives the idea of working so hard, you literally feel like you’ve taken a beating.
And then Paul says he “struggles”, which is an even stronger word than “work or labor.” It refers to fighting to accomplish a difficult task. In the original Greek language, Paul paints a picture here of someone at the end of an athletic event just completely exhausted and feeling like you can barely move. You ever felt that way?
So, Paul serves God with every ounce of energy he has within him, and it’s absolutely exhausting. And if he relied on his own strength, he never would have lasted. But Paul depended on God’s mighty power and supernatural energy that worked within him empowering him to continue towards his goal of equipping the saints.
So, your Simple Truth for today: On your own, your power and energy to finish a God-given assignment will run out. But God’s power within you, never will. So, what do you do when you don’t think you can go any further. You Pray. Like this. “God, thank you for your Son who lives fully within me. Lord, I’m depending on your mighty power giving me the strength to see this through. I know that that with you, I can do anything. And without you, I can do nothing. So, lead the way, Lord, and I will follow. Amen.”
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