Colossians 1:25 (NIV): I have become its (the gospel’s) servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness.”
Paul has been showing us what it looks like to be a servant for God.
Yesterday, Paul showed us that suffering comes when we spread the Good News. While many of us would feel sorry for ourselves, Paul says that he rejoices in the suffering because he knows what he's helping strengthen Christ's Body.
Today, Paul teaches us about the word "commission." This word has some really cool history behind it, and once you learn it, this verse comes alive!
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
In our study of Colossians this week, Paul has been teaching about serving God by serving others. Yesterday, we learned that Paul rejoiced in his sufferings because he knew that his sufferings helped strengthen and build the body of Christ, the Church. In fact, without his sufferings, we wouldn’t have this brilliant letter to the Colossians because it was while Paul was suffering in jail that he wrote it.
Paul continues in Colossians 1:25 as he writes, “I have become its (the gospel’s) servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness.”
Paul says he’s a servant to the gospel, and it wasn’t because he chose that for himself, he says it’s by the commission God gave him. That word commission is oikonomia in the original Greek language. It means the oversight or administration of another’s property.
In Paul’s day, you’d put your most trustworthy slave in charge of your house. This was an incredible honor. You would not only put them in charge of the household affairs, but they’d also be responsible for the other servants and the financial responsibility of the house.
And what Paul is saying here is that God put him in charge of this amazing ministry. It was as if God looked at Paul and said, “I trust you with my Church. I am leaving my children in your care. Take care of them. Teach them. Present to them “the word of God in its fullness.”
Here, this means to proclaim the entire message of God. This is the calling on Paul’s life and to him, it was an incredible honor.
So, your Simple Truth for today: Whatever gifts and talents God has given you, God has given them to you to serve others. You are an ambassador for Christ showing people the love of God through your acts of service, and what an incredible honor that is.
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