Scripture Reading: Colossians 4:7-18
“Grace be with you.” (Colossians 4:18c)
Ministry is totally dependent upon God’s grace, just as every aspect of our lives is also. The book of Colossians begins and ends with a reference to God’s grace — “Grace to you and peace from God our Father” (Colossians 1:2b) — “Grace be with you” (Colossians 4:18c). And grace is found throughout Paul’s words to the Colossians.
By grace we have been delivered from the domain of darkness, and transferred into the kingdom of God’s beloved Son (1:13).
By grace we have been reconciled to God through the work of Jesus Christ and made holy and blameless and beyond reproach in the sight of God through Christ’s righteousness being imputed to us (1:12).
By grace we have been called to faithful ministry — “And say to Archippus, ‘Take hold to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it'” (4:17).
The Christian faith is centered in God’s grace. We are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8,9). God’s grace is sufficient for all our needs — “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness” (II Corinthians 12:9). God’s grace sustains us and upholds us.
Grace is what separates Christianity from all other religions. Every other religion teaches a works salvation — one has to earn the favor of a deity. But Christianity is about a God who comes after His people, delivers them, and saved them completely. Grace is the unmerited favor God gives people who do not deserve it. Thus Paul concludes his letter to the Colossians with words of grace — “Grace be with you!”
Heavenly Father, thank You for choosing me and for saving me. I know that my salvation is a gift from You. I could never earn it, no matter how hard I tried. But Jesus has made it possible through His sacrificial work on my behalf. Thank You for Your grace that brought me into the kingdom of Your beloved Son.
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