PREVAILING VOICE DAILY
18th November, 2020.
Topic: TO THE BRETHREN AT COLOSSE…part 3.
Text: Colossians 1:28,29.
28: So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ.
29: That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me. NLT.
Apostle Paul wrote the Christians at Colosse to bring to their awareness the reason he was labouring hard in ministry. The letter was necessary so that they could know the motive for his labour. Some labour for money, some labour to have a big church and in return earn popularity, but it is important I let you know my intention in Ministry.
See Paul’s motive of labouring in verse 28…we want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship with Christ. This must be the vision of every minister of the gospel.
Every preacher should aim at raising Christians who are perfect in their relationship with God.
Look at Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12: For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Do you notice the statement ‘ for the perfecting of the saints ‘, verse 11 talks about ministers that Jesus raises while verse 12 talks about the purpose for which he raises them.
‘ For the perfecting of the saints ‘, perfecting their relationship with Christ, ensuring they are perfect in their relationship with Christ.
WHY IS THIS NECESSARY?
Relationship is everything, relationship speaks louder than qualification, relationship is a master key, where qualifications fails relationship prevails.
It will shook you to know that relationship speaks louder than fasting, let’s see what Jesus said about fasting and prayer: Mark 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. It means somethings response to fasting and prayer only. While fasting and prayer attracts great power to effect changes relationship goes faster and farther to secure answers in the presence of God.
Let me give you examples you can relate with:
1, By relationship Moses witness some great Miracles that no one ever witnessed.
2, They had to wait for Peter to bring Dorcas back to life in Acts 9: 39,40.
3, David, though very young, was the only one strong enough to bring Goliath down.
4, The Israelites enjoys God coverage forever because of Abraham’s relationship with God.
5, Hezekiah was bold enough to tell God that it is right for me to die now because of his relationship with God Isaiah 38:1-5.
I see Paul saying, ‘ I am not labouring just to see your needs met, but to ensure your relationship with God is perfect ‘. It is at that point that your needs can easily be met.
* As we wait upon the Lord today, desire and ask for a perfect relationship with Him.
READING THROUGH THE BIBLE (RTB)
Deuteronomy 20, John 16.
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