As I read Colossians I was alerted to how Paul wrote about his world. It made me take note of who my world is. Colossians 1:6 was speaking about the gospel. It says, “Which has come to you, as it has also in ALL the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard it…” Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…”
Paul gave the Colossians their mandate which is ours also. Colossians 1:28 says, “Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.” Verse 29 told how he did it. It says, “To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.”
He further explained how in verse 11. It says, “Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy.” It was not with human power, but with the same dynamic power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead.
Who is our world? It is folks there are just like we were. Colossians 1:21 says, “And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled.” Ephesians 2:3 says that we were by nature children of wrath. Our whole life was lived to fulfill our lustful flesh. Ephesians 4:19 says that we were past feeling. It was just natural because we were born in sin. We had no hope apart from Christ. Neither do those in our world.
Here is the end of those in our world who do not accept Jesus. Philippians 3:18-19 says, “…they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is their shame–who set their mind on earthly things.”
Paul’s admonishment to the Colossians is good for us to heed. Colossians 4:2 says, “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.” Verse 6 says, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”
There is hope for everyone until they take their last breath. Let us be diligent to pray for those who are still enemies of the cross. They continue to lash out against the gospel that will set them free when they first believe. He is Merciful and has no desire that any should perish.