Further Instructions (Colosians 4:2-6)
2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Paul was the ultimate missionary. He travelled the ancient Middle East proclaiming the gospel wherever he could – sometimes alone, sometimes with partners in the gospel. At times his ministry was easy, at times it was tough.
A couple thousand years later, the same is true. There are people intentionally travelling the globe, taking the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to unreached people groups and to people of other religions. It is a challenging, often difficult way to serve the Lord. But God has called people to missionary work abroad, and through their ministry people are coming to know Jesus Christ daily.
“Back home” are two kinds of people: People who support those missionaries through finance or prayer, and those are tend to be oblivious to what God is doing around the world.
Paul asks the Colossians to fray for them, too, that God may open a door for their message. He asks that he would be able to proclaim it clearly.
I believe this is a request every Christian serving on the local and international mission field would make to those of us who are not serving in difficult environments often plagued by political unrest, cultural challenges, financial difficult and religious indifference.
A CALL TO ACTION
Today, let us take a few minutes to pray for those who have been called to be missionaries. Throughout the day, maybe think of one or two countries where you know people need Jesus, and pray for the people working in those areas. You may even want to take a little more time out to find out what God is doing around the world, through these missionary families. The church that I pastor partners with a great missions organization called OM – check out their website at http://www.omafrica.org
A PRAYER TO PRAY
Jesus, thank you that somewhere along my journey someone took the time to speak to me about you. Thank you that I have encountered your mercy and grace and have responded to your gift of salvation. Thank you for the people who prayed for me, and continue to pray for me.
Today I bring before you the thousands of people around the world who are serving you on the mission field. Thank you for the sacrifices they make in order to take the message of the gospel to those who don’t know you. Today, may each missionary know a special sense of your presence. Please provide for their needs according your promise. Where they are lonely, bring about significant friendships.
Please help me too to be more aware of what you are doing around the world. Amen.