Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Illustrating Colossians

A shortie but a goodie. Lots of wisdom in Colossians.

And so from the day we heard, we have not ceased praying for you, asking that you may be filled with knowledge of this will and all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that as you walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in knowledge of the Lord. Colossians 1:9-10

Put on then as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. And above all these put on love which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:12-14

This next verse in particular struck me. I've always heard people say that they'll pray that God will open a door or that when he doesn't open a door he'll open a window ect., and I guess I never realized that it was actually a biblical reference. But the thing that really spoke to my heart was that Paul (like many of this other letters) was in prison when he wrote this. 

So from a literal standpoint he may have been praying that the prison doors open or for the believers outside declaring the good news to have opportunities to share it, that Paul couldn't do where he was. 

Metaphorically, maybe he was saying that people's hearts and minds are in prisons that haven't heard the good news or have shut themselves off from it refusing to hear anymore.

Which got me to meditating on the fact that he was in a physical prison but spiritually he was golden. Many then as well as today from the outside look like they have it going on but spirtually they are trapped in a prison. 

At the same time pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word to declare the mystery of Christ on account of which I am in prison. Colossians 4:3