Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse: Grace and peace to you from God our Father. 3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints— 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel 6 that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
What Do You Think of Me?
Have you ever sat down for a job review with your boss at work? Or have you had your talent and skill critiqued by a coach or teacher? Has your spouse ever evaluated your relationship? Sometimes, the process begins with a long dance around the questions that may be eating away at you. “Just tell me! How am I doing? What do you think of me?”
1st Century Christians in the city of Colosse received a letter from the apostle Paul and Timothy, his assistant. What would they say about how the Christians in Colosse were doing? What did Paul and Timothy think of them? As we peek at the opening lines of this letter, we notice that Paul doesn’t waste time on pleasantries like, “How are you doing? This weather has been crazy, hasn’t it?”
Paul started his letter with the main topic—God. He started by reminding them of God’s grace and the peace God’s grace worked. Then, Paul quickly told them how they were doing. Paul was thankful for their faith in Jesus and their love for all the saints. Paul thought of them often. Paul told them that he regularly prayed for them and thanked God for their faith and love. And it wasn’t just Paul who was pleased. God was happy too. God loved them.
“How am I doing? What does God think of me?” Do these questions ever pop into your mind? Would you expect to get a letter with a glowing report like Paul sent to the Colossians? Truly, you and I, and even the believers in Colosse must recognize that we deserve a bad review. Instead of love, we hate. Instead of faith, we worry or complain against God. Instead of the good fruit God desires, we produce sin. How can we be anything but worried, doomed to a bad review by God?
Go back to Paul’s opening words: “Grace and peace to you from God our Father.” God’s undeserved love, his gracious heart and saving actions are yours. You have God’s grace. The Father loved you and sent his Son. Jesus loved you and he lived, died and rose for you. God loves you and forgives you. You have peace with God through Jesus.
What does God think of you? He loves you and has given you eternal hope! Now, how are you doing?
Prayer: Lord God, thank you for clearly telling me what you think of me in your gospel. You love me through Jesus. Thank you for your grace and peace. Increase my faith and love. Amen.