In our busy and hectic lives, we easily grow weary of tending to our spiritual needs. Where do we find the energy and the time to share God’s Word with others? Where do we receive the inspiration?
Perhaps the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul gives us some clues.
Paul’s ministry centered on the truth that Christ is all we need. In his letter to the Colossians, we read, “We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.”
Spreading the all-important message of Jesus Christ to the world was a source of great struggle for Paul. We are reminded of Jesus’ fervent prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane and Jacob wrestling with God.
A blessing of maturing or being perfect in Christ is not only the desire to announce God’s salvation, but also receiving the supernatural power to be an instrument God uses to carry out his work. This was Paul’s key for ministry and the same for us as well.
We can go to the Lord and pray, “Lord Jesus, help me to model Paul so I may admonish and teach others with wisdom. What a peace and comfort to know that it is not by my own energy or power that I do this, but by Your energy and power. And thank You for the wisdom that is mine through Your promises and Your Word. I want to proclaim You to all people in my life.” Amen.