If all of us started our letters with greetings like Paul does to the church in Colossae. It would catch our attention. The early church was growing and felt encouraged by these letters.
Today many of us do not even write letters any more – so a greeting that would take up half the page would be unimagineable for us.
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2 To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters[a] in Christ:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father
Then he goes on to pray for them and praise them:
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 God’s people— the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on ourbehalf, 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
If only we would encourage one another in our faith as these folks do. I am in a small church in Springfield, Virginia and I want to encourage my pastor, my elders and anyone else to continue to focus on the goal. The goal is to be in relationship with Christ and to spread the Gosepl. I want to write a note to all that the gospel is bearing fruit in this country, the revival is happening, but it is growing slowly across the country.
I encourage all my followers and friends to read Don Merritt’s blog on Memorial Christian Church – http://lifereference.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/memorial-of-warning-and-hope/
I finish my blog today in thanksgiving – Praying that all who believe and are in relationship with Christ will praise him and focus on the prize. Amen