Now when this epistle is read among you, see that it is read also in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. Colossians 4:16
Paul wrote many letters to the churches of His day. In today’s text it is clear that he wanted the Colossian people to exchange their letter with other churches. In this way they were able to stay in agreement in the mission they were fulfilling of getting the message of salvation to the outside people and encouraging one another.
We have the same mission today. Our assignment in this life is to share, fund and spread the message of the gospel wherever we go. We are also to encourage each other. This is the main reason we have the Word of God. Much like the churches of Paul’s day had his messages to share and to keep everyone on track, we have the holy scriptures today to keep us connected. God has made available to us His standard and manual of operation for how He set life in this world up. As we stick to the fundamental message of God’s grace for salvation, that is where every true member of the body of Christ comes into agreement. We can all agree that Jesus’ work on the cross was for our punishment and for our salvation. Not only ours, but 1 John 2:2 say it is also for the whole world, whosoever will receive it.
Today I want to encourage you to first of all recognize you have a mission in life. You are called as a child of God and a representative of heaven to share God’s good news with others. By reading God’s word and praying for His grace, He has equipped you to complete this mission. The second part of your assignment is to encourage others. Be a voice of strength and inspiration to those around you and use all your words to stir up those who have lost hope and are discouraged. Put these assignments at the top of your “to do” list everyday and ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to be an effective witness for Him wherever you are.
Today’s scripture reading: Colossians 4:10-18