Being Watchful and Thankful

Opening Prayer: 

Jesus please help me to study Your Holy Bible now and guide and direct my thoughts into all truth. Amen.

 

Read: Colossians 4:2, NIV

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

 

Reflect: 

In Colossians, Paul is addressing a crisis in the church at Colossae in what is today Turkey.  While he had never visited the church himself, he had received troubling reports.  Teachers in their midst were teaching that Jesus was not really the Son of God.  This letter is laser-focused on refuting that teaching and in so doing provides an amazing teaching about the deity, power and importance of Christ. 

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self, ruled by the flesh, was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” (Colossians 2:6–15, NIV)

 

Apply: 

As we live out our redeemed lives we must indeed be watchful.  It is so easy to take our salvation for granted.  I once read that a raise from your job is only a raise for a brief time, then it is just a paycheck.  So it is with our salvation.  We must engage in continual thanksgiving and praise to Jesus for what He has done in order to counteract our tendency to grow complacent.  In the process we will also become more aware of the spiritual needs of others.  Once I was having dinner with an out-of-town business man.  I brought up the subject of Christianity and he said, “All religions are really the same, right?”  My reply was “Have you ever read the Bible?”  He slumped his shoulders and admitted that he had not.  I was able to give him an introductory lesson.  We need to do this sort of thing.  It is a matter of being faithful to our Lord and Savior who loved that business associate as much as He loves me.

 

Closing Prayer: 

Jesus, I know that you are inside of me, even now making me into a new creature prepared for an eternal, joy-filled life with You.  Help me to always guard my thought life and keep me unspotted from the world, while trying to bring Your message of love and hope when the chance arises.  Amen.

 

Terry Schneider