Paul's Ministry: Time Is Running Out

David Sterk

READ : Colossians 1:28-29

Time is running out. If you have a nine-year-old daughter you only have 4,730,400 more minutes before she turns 18 and is, for all legal purposes, an adult. What are you doing to prepare her for maturity? Another minute is slipping away. Will you be able to present her as a mature adult by the time she reaches her eighteenth birthday?

Paul had a specific goal in “proclaiming him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom.” It was so that he might present his spiritual children “perfect in Christ.” The time of presenting them to Jesus was at his return (1 Thess. 2:19,20; 5:23). Their perfection in Christ was their being completely mature in their faith and character. They would be equipped to handle life as Jesus would, to respond to life as Jesus would, to apply Jesus to their problems and to see life through Jesus’ eyes. That is perfection “in Christ.”

Paul labored long and hard, struggling with all of Jesus’ energy coursing through him (v. 29). Do we desire that for our children? In all that we teach them about “life,” do we passionately desire to see them perfect in Christ?

PRAYER

Father, may I passionately desire to lead my family to perfection in Christ. Amen.