THE MINISTRY OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION

Scripture Reading: Colossians 4:7-18

“And say to Archippas, ‘See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received from the Lord.'” (Colossians 4:17)

Every believer in our Lord Jesus Christ has been called into the ministry — “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received from the Lord.” We are all called to the ministry of spiritual formation. Spiritual formation involves learning how to grow in our walk with Christ. It is a vital part of sanctification. Spiritual formation requires the development of basic spiritual disciplines — Bible reading and meditation, prayer, Scripture memory, worship, and gospel-centered fellowship with other believers. In fact, spiritual formation is most effectively carried out in the context of relationships. True discipleship always takes place through relationships with other Christians. Notice how Paul’s life affected all the people listed in these final verses of Colossians.

Investing in the lives of others produces tremendous spiritual fruit. Do you realize that two of the four writers of the gospels are mentioned in this passage (Mark and Luke)? Think about the impact Paul had on these men. These life on life relationships produced faithful servants and ministers of Jesus Christ. The word “faithful” is found twice in reference to some of them — Tychicus and Onesimus.

The key to spiritual formation is to develop life on life relationships which are aimed at helping each other grow in our walk with Christ. We are develop relationships that involve doing life together as we talk about the deeper issues of life and as we share in the joys and struggles of life together. In order to do this we must be willing to be transparent and vulnerable. We must be honest with each other. We are called to encourage one another and to hold one another accountable for our spiritual formation.

God has called us into a community of believers (the church). We must seek to develop radical, gospel-driven relationships with others as we seek to grow in our Christian faith. We must take our spiritual formation seriously in order to enable us to grow to maturity in our faith. Remember that God’s goal for us is that we would be conformed to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29)..

Lord Jesus, thank You for providing the means for us to grow spiritually. Let me be consistent in my Bible reading and meditation. As I read the Scriptures, open my heart to hear them and enable me to grasp the truths you have for me in them. Let me invest in the lives of others as I seek to develop gospel-centered relationships that will help in my spiritual growth and calling.

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