Paul concludes his letter by taking it out of the realm of the grand scale ethereal, to the realm of the detailed and intimate. This is a picture of the breadth of our Christian experience. Yes, Christ is visible image of the invisible God who is first in all of creation and preeminently universal in scope. He is also the God of a few people living in a big city in Colossi during the first century. Their actions are not insignificant. Peter may note that Paul’s writings are to be taken as scripture, but Paul notes that the prayers of your local fellowship member, like Epaphras, were an encouragement to him and should be to others. Paul made it a point to know the details of the ministry and he made it a point for others to know the details as well. This is a stark contrast to the closeted work of ministry in the west in the present day. Ministry has become about managing the secret details and providing a buffer for intimacy. We should learn from Paul’s example of an open ministry. In this type of ministry, people’s seemingly mundane and insignificant acts of true service become rightfully elevated to important efforts in advancing the kingdom of Christ. In this way, the image of God is better fulfilled and love for God, self and others only grows.
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MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts