Saturday, March 3, 2012
Fruit for You
Colossians 1:5-7 Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant.
The gospel comes to us personally. It comes to us one by one. The whole world is bearing fruit of the gospel and increasing. How exciting is that? It also does this among you. Wow. It is the gospel that increases our fruit and our understanding of the grace of God. The church at Colossae learned this from Epaphras.
We hear the gospel in the mouths of others. God used Epaphras at Colossae, and Epaphras learned from Paul. Paul learned from our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. Today we are learning from Jesus, who spoke through Paul's hand. We are connected to one another. We are connected to Paul, Epaphras, and to the Colossians. We bear fruit for the benefit of others. We do not always see that benefit, but God has told us that we are bearing fruit. We are bearing fruit to gain one more person. Do not be shy with the Gospel. Sow it liberally, that Christ's body may continue to grow.
Do not doubt that you are bearing fruit, you can believe it. God has said so.