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Do you ever wonder about what you are to do with what you the Lord teaches you? When in grace Jesus shows you something, leads you to some fresh understanding, what are you to do with what you come to understand?

I often find myself thinking that what He shows me is solely for my “personal consumption.” That is, I think that what I am learning is, primarily and perhaps entirely, for my growth and benefit. But there could well be more to it than that.

As he draws his letter to the Colossians to a close, Paul makes a few remarks that suggests there might be more to what we learn than that view of personal consumption of truth. Paul is not specifically teaching the Colossians how they are to think, but as he offers his closing remarks we can learn something about how he thinks about this matter.

Luke, the beloved physician, sends you his greetings, and also Demas. Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea and also Nympha and the church that is in her house. When this letter is read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and you, for your part read my letter that is coming from Laodicea. (Colossians 4:14-16)

Although Paul specifically wrote this letter to the Colossians, with a view toward their particular challenges, with the intention of addressing the doctrinal matters they needed to better understand, he apparently did not think that the benefit of the truth imparted ended with the Colossians. There is a community of faith, connected by the truth. There are others who would benefit from what Paul wrote to the Colossians–and the Colossians would benefit from what Paul penned for the church in Laodicea.

There is a communal impact, a common benefit, to the truth we learn. There is an “us-ness” about what we have come to understand about life with Jesus, about the Gospel of grace, about the revelation God makes to us through the Scriptures.

Such thoughts call for me to reflect upon what Jesus is teaching me. How will I become a conduit for Gospel truth into the lives of others? In what ways will I intentionally pass on to others those things I have come to value in what Jesus is showing me?

Do I let what I have come to see of the glories of our Savior and the wonders of his message end with its impact on me? Or do I live with the realization that there is a communal benefit, a common sharing in, this journey into truth?

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  1. Reblogged this on Missionwriter.


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