Take a moment to read Colossians 4:7-18 before reading the devotional below.
We are wrapping up Colossians today with Paul’s final comments in this letter, and we’ll move into a study of the book of Lamentations to explore themes of sadness and suffering. Emotional health is fostered when we can be honest with our feelings rather than trying to be happy all the time. The Bible is full of emotion and through this blog I hope to connect with those themes as we discover what it means to find freedom.
Paul ends his letter to the Colossians by listing all the various people who have assisted him in his ministry. We see from verse 10 that Paul is indeed writing this from prison and Aristarchus is there with him. He dispatches Tychicus and Onesimus to bring the letter to Colosse and to encourage the believers there. Paul describes these and his other companions as a “comfort,” and it is a reminder to us all of the power of relationships. We need each other to accomplish God’s work.
Here’s your freedom for today: you don’t have to go it alone. The Christian life is meant to be lived in community, working alongside each other and using all our gifts to build up and encourage the church. When we try to accomplish God’s calling on our own, we fall into various traps like pride, loneliness, discouragement, and self-reliance. When you find yourself in isolation, reach out to others who can minister alongside you. Offer prayer support to others and ask them to pray for you. Find ways to work in a team so that the fruit of your work can multiply and the load can be shared. When ministry feels heavy, it is a sign that you are leaning on yourself too much. Give yourself permission to put something down and work towards change.