- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Colossians 4
Apostle Paul urged the Colossians to live prayerfully, asking special prayer for him in chains (imprisoned). He revealed that he wrote this letter when he was in Rome in prison. And he urged them to deal with non-Christians with wisdom in such way as to bring to Christ. “Make the most of every opportunity,” (v5) indicated his evangelistic passion and his sense of eschatological (end of time) attitude in life.
Apostle Paul closed his letter with personal references. There are many people around him, partners in ministry during his mission journey, and his imprisonment in Rome.
Tychichus would deliver this letter to Colossian church. He delivered his letter to Ephesian church too (Ephesian 6:21-22). Onesimus was a fled slave but became Christian (Philemon1:10). Aristarchus was a prison with Apostle Paul. Mark, also called John, was a falling-out from Apostle Paul after their first missionary journey (Acts 15:37-39), but later they were reconciled. Jesus Justus was a common name among Greek-speaking Jews. “There are only Jews among my fellow workers,” referred to Aristarchus, Mark, and Jesus Justus. They were with Apostle Paul in prison.
Apostle Paul again commended Epaphras, Paul’s co-workers for churches in Laodices and Hierapolis. Luke was a physician, writer of the gospel of Luke and Acts. His name as physician was mentioned only here, and 2 Timothy 4:11, and Philemon 1:24. Nympha was her house church member. Archippus was a soldiers (Philemon 1:2) and Paul urged him to set free Onesimus from slavery.
Apostle Paul added a personally handwritten greeting, asking for prayers while he was in prison. Colossians is one of four letters, with Ephesians, Philippians, Philemon, he wrote in prison.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.