Text: Colossians 4:7-9 Theme: Keeping people informed about ourselves can be a good thing. Key verses: “Tychicus will tell you all the news about me.” (v. 7) “I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts.” (v. 8) “They will tell you everything that is happening here.” (v. 9b) What God said to me: Dwayne, people want and need to know what you are doing. They are encouraged when they see my hand working in your life. Never be reluctant to talk about your ministry, your family, and your joy and difficulties in life. I am not saying you should praise yourself, mind you. “Let another praise you” is still the rule of thumb. Rather, everytime you open your mouth to speak about yourself, do it in tones of praise and thanksgiving to the God (me) who blessed you and has chosen to use you. By bringing attention to yourself you are actually bringing glory to me. Why? Because everything you have and everything you are comes from me. I made you, Dwayne. Be a trophy of my grace, both now and for eternity. One word of caution: Notice Paul sent his representatives to people who loved and supported him and who were fellow believers. What you should share and even if you should share about yourself depends on your audience. Also, only share as much as is needed for the occasion. What I said to God: Thank you, precious, precious Lord, for loving and saving me. Praise you for giving me such a wonderful and supportive wife. I could not have hand -picked someone more perfect to be my companion. Thank You for our two boys. Thank You for saving them both early in their lives. And, Lord, I still can hardly believe I am getting to do this ministry at our church and through our writing. Why would You bless me to allow me to do what I love the most? Why would give me such incredible and wise friends and supporters? Why would you protect our health and give me such amazing visions and ideas and open doors? Why? I know why: to show forth Your praises. Everything about my life is straight from Your hand of grace and mercy. May I never hesitate to tell anyone who asks how and what I am doing. Help me use wisdom on what and when and how I share about myself to others. And most importantly, help me only lift You up above myself.
16. March 2007 Colossians 0