Do you realize that, after this week, I will just have 3 more posts and we’ll have Colossians 1 down? Way to go. It reminds me of a story that I need to tell you.
As many of you know, I am an American who is in the Philippines for 6 weeks. Wherever I go, I am asked to share the Word. I am given little, if any prep time, and so I use a chapter or a portion of a chapter that I’ve memorized.
Yesterday, I was in the mountains with the tribal people and I was asked to speak. I have my Bible on my Kindle, that I travel with. I turned to Philippians 3 to speak on that and the glare was so bad that I could not read the screen. Fortunately, I had memorized it and so I spoke on a portion at a time, going from memory. I was so glad that I had memorized it or I would have been up a crick.
I emphasized to them that His Word in my heart has done an unspeakable transformation. I praise God for a tool that I did not think was possible because it was not a priority.
No guilt trip is ever intended but give it a try. We do 2 verses/week and if you get your system down, you can do it without adding anything to your schedule. You just incorporate it into what you are already doing. Many in this group will tell you that you won’t regret it. Here are this week’s verses:
Colossians 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: (KJV)
Colossians 1: 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Colossians 1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, (ESV)
Just like you have skin all over your body, may these words become an organ that covers you and uses you to touch this dying world!