FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2
SCRIPTURE: COLOSSIANS 4
And just like that, we come to the end of this book. Before we actually look at the chapter, it is important to remember that the chapter and verse designations were put into the Bible long after it was written. In other words, Paul didn’t write with chapter breaks and numbered verses when he wrote his letters. He just wrote letters like we do.
It was not until later that translators began to add chapters and verses. Part of the genius of that is it helps us find particular passages of Scripture more readily and it helps groups of people get to a common place in the Bible. But it is important to remember that the chapter and verse designations are not inspired and they certainly aren’t infallible. In fact, there are a few occasions where it seems like a chapter break could have been better placed.
That is the case with the beginning of chapter four. The first verse seems to fit much with better with the end of chapter three than it does the content of chapter four. The first verse is still dealing with how the peace of God should impact our most important relationships. From our context, this one deald with the relationship between the employer/supervisor and the employee.
The employer/supervisor is given a couple things to do. Be just. Be fair. Be just might be understood as do the right thing. Be fair might be understood is be right with the folks who work for you. The motivation for this is we all have a Master in heaven.
From there Paul goes on to talk about prayer. The first part of the verse alludes to the importance of praying for ourselves. Paul prayed for himself. Jesus even prayed for Himself. So, we should pray for ourselves. In verse 3, however, the object changes. Now Paul is asking them to pray for him. By the way, as far as I know Jesus never asked anyone to pray for Him. But Paul asked for prayer and so should we.
In verse 5, the topic again turns a bit. Paul is concerned about our lifestyles and in verse 6 our speech. Basically he is challenging us to make sure that how we live and how we speak has a positive impact on people. Our lifestyle and our communication should help more than they hurt. Our lifestyles and speech are the vital basis of our testimony.
From there Paul begins a short list of folks that are important to him and to the work he is doing. How cool would it be to have your name immortalized in a good way in Scripture? Paul being the humble leader that he was always seems to save space to make sure others get the attention they deserved. We would do well to emulate that. It is important that we make sure others know about the people who have been such a help to us.
The letter ends with Paul reminding the Colossians that after they have read this letter to send it to the church at Laodicea. And they should read the letter that was sent to Laodicea. Finally, Paul signs off with grace.