Gospel growth

In Colossians 1:6, Paul writes, “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.”

A little seed doesn’t look like much. But in a seed is enough power to cover the earth with trees – in theory.  In the same way – the gospel is alive – Paul says it is growing and having an impact on people’s lives all over the world. There is a movement to the gospel which is built in – it’s part of the language that Paul often uses. God is on the move and He is redeeming this world.  The big picture of the bible is that the world is broken and God is making it right through the person and work of Jesus.

But how do we get from an intellectual idea that God is on the move in the world to the emotional excitement that Paul seems to have? I think Paul has this excitement because he is grounded in the truth of who God is and he is involved in the lives of normal people. There is both an intellectual understanding of the character and the mission of God as well as a practical involvement in that mission.

The same is true for us. Know the truth about God as revealed in the scriptures but don’t just stop there. Get involved in the lives of people around you, especially those on the edge of society. 2,000 years ago these were the widows, the fatherless and the immigrants. Not much has changed – these folks are still on the edge and this is where God is most at work. The gospel is still bearing fruit and growing. The exciting part is that God actually uses normal people, like you and me, to help make this happen.

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Chris Hatch

Seeking to love God and neighbor