Sunday, July 30, 2023
Satan loves to sow doubt into the hearts of new believers. Epaphras had evangelized and mentored the new Christians in Colosse. However, he wasn't an apostle or a well-known church planter. Satan didn't waste much time with these new believers before he sowed doubt into their hearts about the version of the Good News they had received. They began to wonder: Since one of the apostles or great missionaries had not brought them the Good News about Jesus, had they received the entire, saving message about Jesus?
Paul wrote to assure the Colossians that Epaphras had taught them the truth about Christ. While they needed to learn more about Jesus and His way of life, they had the core gospel they needed to be saved and live a productive life for Christ as a disciple. Then, Paul did something we need more of today in our churches, especially in a time where running down leaders has become more the norm than the exception. Paul spoke highly and lovingly of Epaphras — a beloved co-worker, faithful servant of Christ, and someone who spoke well of the the Colossians.
For me, there are three leadership and relationship principles in this passage:
Let's find ways to affirm and build up each other and our leaders, rather than be the tool of Satan and tear them down!
Father, thank you for the worldwide fellowship of believers. Use me to be an encourager to Your leaders and someone who helps grow the confidence of new believers as we serve you together. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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