Reading: Colossians 1: 9-14
The Colossian church is doing well. Paul recognizes the growth of their faith and how this is leading to a growth in numbers. He is proud of this little church that he planted that is continuing to share the gospel. Paul also hopes and prays for more. His prayer for them is that they continue to grow in knowledge, that they find strength in God, and that they would have great endurance and patience.
The things Paul hopes and prays for the church in Colosse are the same things we should all pray for for all of our churches. All churches should be sharing the gospel with the lost in their community to help more and more people to come to know Jesus Christ. All churches should be filled with members living lives worthy of the Lord, loving and serving all their neighbors. All churches should be leading their members in spiritual growth.
But in reality, to constantly be focusing on evangelism and growth is difficult. Sometimes it seems like we are not making any progress. Sometimes it seems like there is no end to the road. This is precisely why Paul prays for great endurance and patience. Paul has been out on the road for a long time, constantly going from one place to the next. He knows the need for patience and endurance for the long haul. So he names this need and lifts it in prayer. It is our need as well.
For the person we have been reaching out to who has not quite said ‘yes’ to Jesus, for the person who seems to desire a relationship with Jesus yet keeps sliding back to old habits, and for the many others who do not have a relationship with Jesus for one reason or another, may we continue to share the good news of Jesus Christ with them. May the Lord our God fill us with great endurance and with great patience, so that all may come to know the redeeming love found in Christ.