WALK IN WISDOM
A life lived in Christ is self-evident. With Christ as the standard our behavior is disciplined and holy. Not only is godly character exhibited at home, but it is also displayed in all our public interactions. Godly wisdom makes us better employers and better employees. It makes for better neighbors and friends. More importantly, walking this wise course in life redeems the time we spend here for eternity. All our life decisions are based on our accountability to the Savior and Judge. Pray for doors to be opened so the gospel can influence others to make every moment of this life worthwhile. Influence others to that end with gracious speech and sound reasoning.
The Apostle Paul concluded his letter to the saints in Colossae with personal instruction and greetings. These provide valuable insight into the heart and mind of an apostle. Tychicus and Onesimus were in route to update the brethren on Paul’s circumstances. Paul also wished to know about their present circumstance. Tychicus especially was sent to comfort them. We also learn of the many devout friends who worked with Paul in sharing the mystery of the gospel.
Those brethren also sent greetings. Aristarchus, a fellow prisoner, Mark, the cousin of Barnabas, and Jesus called Justus were named. All three were Jewish brethren described as providing comfort to Paul during his imprisonment. Epaphras, sent greeting. Paul was sure to describe the fervent prayers sent on behalf of saints in Colossae, Laodicea, and Hierapolis. Epaphras specifically prayed for them to “stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.” Luke and Demas were the last named as sending their regards.
The congregation at Colossae was instructed to “Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas and the church that is in his house.” They were also to read the letter to the congregation and to exchange it with the letter sent to the congregation in Laodicea, which was also to be read to the congregation. The last admonition was directed to Archippus. “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.”
The letter closes with, “This salutation by my own hand–Paul. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Amen.” This letter is still being read to saints and congregations the world over. Paul’s efforts have been preserved to edify all future saints. What a beautiful reminder that we are made perfect in Christ. In Him are all the treasures of wisdom. When we make Christ our life, our life becomes a living demonstration of God’s wisdom.
Be like Christ. Walk in His wisdom.