7 Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant a in the Lord. 8 I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. 9 He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here.
10 My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) 11 Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. 13 I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. 14 Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.
16 After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.
17 Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.”
18 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you (Colossians 4.7-18).
Here we are, at the end of this great epistle written by Paul. He has given us so much to think about and for many of us there is much for us to do. There are things within our lives we need to change; the way we act, think, treat others, communicate, worship God, pray to God, live every day, and treat our parents. But one thing we should never forget is we have been made free in Christ, because of Christ, to serve God, by the power of God, for the glory of God. So, each and every day we must seek Him while He still can be found and serve Him while He still will allow us to, so others will have an opportunity to come into His presence just as we have.
However, this task that has been set before us can seem difficult and lonesome. Some of us might enjoy being alone but God never intended for any of us to be alone, especially when it comes to serving Him. This is why the author of Hebrews writes, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near (Hebrews 10.23-25, ESV).
God wants us to work together for His kingdom, serving Him, coming to a place where we look out for each other, encouraging each other, lifting each other up and when necessary we will rejoice and cry with each other. This is why God’s Word calls for us to come together, stirring each other up in love and good works. It helps us stay focused on what is important in life, God.
Paul understood this and therefore, he showed the church at Colossae all the people who were in the ministry with Paul and with them. They might not have seen them, or really knew who they were personally, but they were praying for them, serving them as they served Paul. They also were serving together as each church shared what Paul was teaching and instructing them.
Many times, we receive instructions or teaching but we keep it to ourselves. We do this because we do not want people to think we are too smart, or Bible thumpers, nor do we want people to get the idea we go out to learn something and then have to push it on them. But really what we should do is share as the needs arise, let the Holy Spirit move, allow what we are learning marinate in our hearts and God will open the doors for us to share, but we must be ready to share when the time comes.
We also need to know people are praying for us while we are serving in the ministry. Many times, it seems like life is very difficult and it would be great if someone would just pray for us. There are many within the church who are ready and willing to do just that if we would just let them know what it is, we need prayer for. Again, we like to keep everything to ourselves, trusting only ourselves, and so we might not have anyone praying for us. God wants people praying for us, Paul showed the church at Colossae there were people praying for them, for their faith, maturity, and assurance in God’s will.
One final thought from Colossians, as Paul reminded the church we should also be reminded, “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received from the Lord” (Colossians 4.17). What has God called us to do? Are we doing it? If so, are we doing it faithfully and fully? If we are not doing what God has called us to do, why not? We are not being obedient, this is leading us into sin and separating us from a great relationship with God. We need to stop where we are, Repent, turn around and get busy doing whatever God has asked us to do.
I exalt You, my God the King, and praise Your name forever and ever. I will praise You every day; I will honor Your name forever and ever. God I love You every day, thank You for Your mercy and grace. Lord help me today as I continue to move forward for You, as I serve You today, and as You give me opportunities to be a witness for You. Lord, thank You for the ministry You have given me. I might not be aware of what it is, but Lord please revel it to me, so I might invite others to join me in my task. Lord, thank You for allowing me to walk this path, and Lord, help me to spend more time in prayer with You and for others. Lord, I know others should be praying for me, but I do not always let them know how to pray for me. Give we wisdom and trust to share my heart with them. Lord, give me a prayer partner to help strengthen my prayer life and encourage me and them. Lord, I love You so much, and Thank You for Your Son’s Sacrifice. I pray all this in Your Son, Jesus Christ’s Name, Amen.
 The New International Version. (2011). (Col 4:7–18). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Heb 10:23–25). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
 The Holy Bible: Holman Christian standard version. (2009). (Ps 145:1–2). Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers.
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