We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me. Colossians 1:28-29
I love how Paul so succinctly summarizes what his goal is in life. He states that he desires to proclaim the truth of God’s Word in such a way (by the grace of God), that people will not only put their trust in Christ for forgiveness of sins but that they will become fully mature followers of Christ. Paul says that he works day in and day out, through God’s enablement, to see this happens.
What is our goal as Christian leaders? A large crowd of people? A big bank account?
What is our goal as Christians? The appearance of success?
From the statement of Paul mentioned above (and the evidence of his life), we are missing out on what is most important.
1) We should pour ourselves into proclaiming God’s message of forgiveness through the death and resurrection of Christ.
2) We should pour ourselves into proclaiming God’s message of obedience to His Word, so that the forgiven may actually become like Christ (Rom 8:29).
Not a bad way to spend our lives!