Hey everyone Christian Gonzalez here coming to you with today’s Anchored Daily Podcast. What do you tend to do when you have good news? If you are like me, you share good news with your friends and those closest to you. What has been really fun though for me personally is to celebrate good news with complete strangers. Now let me explain what I mean here. When I am just casually scrolling through Instagram, at times I come across videos of two parents gathering all their friends and loved ones for a gender reveal party. I will confess part of why I like watching these videos is to have a good laugh at gender reveals gone wrong. However, the other side of me is trying to steal some pretty clever ideas for the future to share with Angela!
What is awesome to see though is how these parents are willing to share their good news with the Instagram world, full of complete strangers. These parents have such marvelous news that they want people of all walks of life to join in the celebration. And as I read Colossians chapter 1, the apostle Paul is like these parents who are willing to share the good news with all. The good news that Paul is referring to is the gospel! Paul masterfully describes the greatness of Jesus and the gospel from verses 15-23 but I want to point us this morning or afternoon or whatever time you are listening to this, to verses 3-6. It reads:
3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints 5 because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about this hope in the word of truth, the gospel 6 that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world, just as it has among you since the day you heard it and came to truly appreciate God’s grace.
Paul begins his letter to the church of Colossae with thanksgiving and he specifically is thankful to God for two reasons. He is thankful for the church who trusts in Jesus and shows love toward one another. Let’s take a quick break here...if Paul were to write a letter to us, would he be thankful for the same reasons? What would our life as believers be marked by? Let’s continue...in the second part of verse 5 and all of verse 6 he turns our attention to the gospel and the effect the gospel should have on us.
Paul, according to verse 6, says that the gospel was brought to Colossae. The gospel is brought into the scene by faithful men and women who proclaim the good news in all of the church . Paul also says that the gospel is ‘bearing fruit and growing all over the world’. What does Paul mean by this phrase? What Paul is saying is that the seeds of the gospel have been planted and have now grown just as it has in other parts of the world. It's evident it has grown because it has transformed the people and the communities in Colossae. That’s the effect of the gospel!
So now going back to my favorite Instagram videos. Just as parents are willing to show their good news to the Instagram world, we need to be willing to share the best of all good news to the world around us! Just as the gospel transformed people and the communities by faithful men and women who proclaimed the good news, we must do the same.
Let’s pray: “God, thank you for your word and for speaking to us plainly through this passage. I pray God that you help us all to sow the seeds of the gospel to those that are around our circle...our friends, our coworkers, our classmates. Lord, we want to partner with you to transform people and communities by the power of the gospel. Help us be obedient to this and that your Holy Spirit may give us the words to sow these seeds. Amen.”