We are over halfways done with June and I am still memorizing Colossians. It has been a slow journey, but a very special one. I love it when new things jump out at me and I want to share one of the things God pointed out to me a couple days ago.
Colossians 3:23 talks about Paul being a servant of the gospel. Now, I don't know about you...but I often think about the disciples as being servants of Jesus. It's a little different twist to think of them as servants of the gospel. The gospel is the truth about what happened to Jesus and the result it provides for us. It is the message of personal hope that each one of us has because of the redeeming work of God's son Jesus Christ. When I was a child, I learned it like this:
...that He was dead...that He was buried...that he arose on the 3rd day...according to the scriptures:) Those simple statements and the truth they embody are the hope of a dying world. Simply because of what that sacrifice provides for us.
So, I have to ask myself. Janene...what does it mean to be a servant of the gospel? I also tend to think of myself as a servant of Jesus. I try to do what He wants, when He wants me to. My life revolves around trying to please the one who gave me life. But, I think I need to do a better job of following Paul's example. I need to be a servant of the gospel. I need to work for, and be ready to die for the message. The gospel is the message the world needs. If I were to be a servant of that gospel...I would work hard for the message. I would not expect to get anything in return. I would be loyal to the message. I would put my desires and my plans 2nd. My life would exist simply for the message...for the gospel. I would be "all in".
Praying tonight that I would be taking steps towards becoming that kind of servant.