Colossians #5 Colossians 1:24-29 Suffering Love
Colossians 1:24-29 Suffering Love
I want you to know how glad I am that it's me sitting here in this jail and not you. There's a lot of suffering to be entered into in this world—the kind of suffering Christ takes on. I welcome the chance to take my share in the church's part of that suffering. 25 When I became a servant in this church, I experienced this suffering as a sheer gift, God's way of helping me serve you, laying out the whole truth.
26 This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it's out in the open. 27 God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, therefore you can look forward to sharing in God's glory. It's that simple. That is the substance of our Message. 28 We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. 29 That's what I'm working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously gives me.
I've told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world, you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I've conquered the world."
(Rev 21:4 (MSG). We have this great hope. We need hope because these types of sufferings always leave us wondering why, wondering what the purpose is, wondering how this can be God’s plan to prosper us (Jeremiah 29:11). When you have no idea why you are suffering you need hope. Hope looks beyond the problem and sees the promise.
There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood.
Luke 14:26-28 (MSG)
Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters—yes, even one's self!—can't be my disciple. Anyone who won't shoulder his cross and follow behind me can't be my disciple.
"Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn't first sit down and figure the cost so you'll know if you can complete it?
"Yes, I'm on my way! I'll be there soon! I'm bringing my payroll with me. I'll pay all people in full for their life's work.
For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile--the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
Paul had an end game. Preach, teach and mentor as many people as possible. What’s your end game? What are you called to do? Whatever it is, and it will be something, do your best, pray that it’s blessed, and let Jesus take care of the rest.
There is a hard reality in today’s teaching: suffering is normal.