READ : Colossians 1:28-29
. . . so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil and struggle . . . (vv. 28-29)
I was surprised to learn that in Mexico “Christmas” gift-giving is actually done on January 6—Epiphany—when the church remembers the gold, frankincense, and myrrh that the magi brought to the baby Jesus. This holiday reminds us that Jesus is a light to the nations.
Just as the magi brought gifts to Jesus, Paul imagines himself bringing gifts to God. Paul’s presents are the people he ministers to. He wants them to become Christians and grow to maturity, so he can present them to God as the fruit of his ministry.
We all have people around us who need to hear about Jesus, get help for their problems, and grow stronger in their faith. Perhaps you have been tempted to view them as nuisances or inconveniences, mere secondary characters in a movie in which you are the star. God’s Word invites us to view them as people we will someday present to God and say, “Here are the presents I have for you, Lord. These people are what became of my life’s labors.”
Gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Friends, family, and coworkers. What kind of presents are you preparing for him?
Lord, I commit to show my love for you today by loving and ministering to others.