By Mae Stallard
February 18, 2014
“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (Colossians 1:10)
It has been said that the book of Colossians is perhaps the most Christ-centered book in the Bible. In it Paul stresses the preeminence of the person of Christ and the completeness of the salvation He provides, in order to combat a growing heresy that is threatening the church at Colosse.
Paul’s purpose is to show that Christ is preeminent-first and foremost-in everything and the Christians life should reflect that priority. Because believers are rooted in Him, alive in Him, and complete in Him, it is completely inconsistent for them to live life without Him. When a person is clothed in Christ’s love, with His peace ruling in their hearts, they are equipped to make Christ first in every area of life.
Paul also wrote this epistle to encourage the Colossians to “continue in the faith grounded and settled, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel that they had heard and had been proclaimed to every creature under heaven of which Paul had become a minister. (1:23)
Although Paul had never visited the church at Colosse, which is evident from 1:4 and 2:1, the church was founded by Epaphras. When a man named Epaphroditus visited Paul and reported about the conditions in Colosse, the apostle wrote a letter to the young church to refute a threatening heresy that is devaluating Christ. (1:10) A firm adherence to the true gospel will give them stability and resistance to opposing influences.
We must remember the words of Christ in Matthew 7:17-20. “Every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.” “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. “ May we be busy bearing good fruit for our Lord.
The Lord calls us to be fruitful,
As we do His work today,
As we go about sharing the good news,
That He is the only way.
That we can come to the Father,
That we can be saved from our sin,
And we can bear good fruit,
When He dwells within.
Dear Father, please help me be the fruit-bearing Christian that you call me to be. In Jesus’ holy name I pray. Amen.