“To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.”

– Colossians 1:29 NIV

Have you ever been so overwhelmed with how good God has been to you that you could not keep it to yourself, or so inspired by His truth that you were moved to share it with as many as possible as often as possible? This is what I think about when I reflect upon what is written by the Apostle Paul in Colossians 1:29. Within these 16 words I sense the passion, exhilaration and enthusiasm that comes from being enamored with the grace and truth of Jesus Christ and the motivation to share it with as many as possible so that others may be ignited as Paul is with God and His word.

The previous verse reads like this: We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.” – Colossians 1:28 NIV Paul reveals his passion and sense of mission in proclaiming the grace and truth of Jesus Christ to others and describes it as an energy that produces power within him to follow through in fulfilling what he is moved to do by the same grace and truth he seeks to share with others.

The prophet Jeremiah described it as a fire shut up in his bones that compelled him to proclaim what stirred within him, even if he resolved not to speak. The New Testament book of Hebrews declares that the word of God as living and active and is capable of working deep within the individual (joint and marrow to soul and spirit). This indicates that the word of God is able to address both our physical, and spiritual/psychological, and deep internal mental/emotional concerns. So when the Apostle Paul expresses with passion the struggle with all of God’s energy that works wonderfully within him, I see him declaring how he senses and feels the word of God ministering to his physical and spiritual needs as he sincerely seeks to share his grace and truth with others.

May God bless you and help you to experience the energy of His grace and truth working within you, that inspires you to share His grace and truth with others, as you experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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