This passage is sick.
Paul opens by instructing the church to be steadfast in prayer. Not only that but to be watchful to the people, situations, and things they are praying about. This seems like an obvious task but is one that is neglected. The call is to be alert to how God is moving through our prayers. We are to look to see how He answers prayers and be thankful for His work in our lives even if prayers are not answered how we anticipated. Romans 8:28 claims that God works all things together for the good of those who love him.
He then asks the believers to pray for opportunities to proclaim the Gospel. Paul was the champion of missionaries. His life was committed to preaching God’s Word. He knew more then anyone else that his ministry was solely dependent on the Spirit leading him along with the doors God chose to open and close for him. He pleads with the Colossians to be in prayer for opportunites to preach the Word. He then goes on to tell them how they should be missional. He calls them to conduct themselves wisely and make the most of the time that has been given to them. He also urges them to have their speech be soaked in the Gospel.
Paul was extremely strategic with his ministry. He understands that his mission is not only rooted and dependent on prayer and the Spirit. He was always looking for opportunities to preach the Gospel and made sure that he was positioned and postured in a way that would illuminate the Gospel. His calling to the Colossians is to take their presence in their culture seriously.
Think – Do you pray for Gospel opportunities with people in in your life?
Are you alert to how God is moving and answering prayers?
Are you just in the culture, or are you in the culture strategically searching for ways to be on mission?
Love – God for his guidance Our mission as a ministry and as individuals fully relies on God’s sovereign calling and direction.
Live – In prayer, watchful of God’s guidance in our lives. Look for Gospel opportunities and conduct yourself wisely as you strategically place yourself in classes, coffee shops, clubs, jobs, parties, and hang-outs.