Do you ever struggle with things?
Do you ever fight over relationships or anything?
It’s natural tendency to want things, and when we can’t have it we typically struggle and fight over it.
We’ve been in Colossians over the last few weeks and we’ve seen several times in chapters one and two where Paul refer to a sense of struggle.
Now I rejoice in my sufferings…(1:24)
For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me… (1:29)
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you… (2:1)
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read through Paul’s letters and just seem to miss this concept of a struggle.
The last few weeks, however, have been different. You see, Paul hadn’t even visited this church, but one of his disciples (Epaphras) started the church and Paul was struggling for this church…he was fighting for the sake of it being all about Jesus. Paul kept up with the church as best he could and continued to pray for them (1:3) which means he had a genuine concern and responsibility for this church.
When I read through the passage, it was easy to kind of skip over and just assume his struggle was in response to him being imprisoned or because of Paul’s hardships, or something to that of a physical nature. This struggle, however, was an emotional and spiritual struggle that demonstrates his total involvement with them.He’s writing from a prison cell and could have just given up on the church in general, but he knew the Gospel transformed his life and that it was worth advancing.
I’ve dug deeper and really found that this struggle is something we should have for the church as well. Paul was stressing to them his burden to see them hold firm in their faith, not be deceived by false teaching, and to realize that the mystery was revealed (1:27) through Christ.
It all points to Jesus…The Church is to be about Jesus.
Church, my prayer for us individually and corporately is that we would realize that it is all about Jesus.
I wander what the struggle looks like for each of us when it comes to the church and being the church.
May our struggle for seeing lives changed be real this week, and I pray we all point people to the saving grace of Jesus.