Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. (Colossians 1.24–29, NIV)
Who gives you the power to do what you do?
How often do you think of gratitude or rejoicing when you are suffering? Why do you think Paul can react in this way?
What–or who–gives you hope?
Do you find sharing your faith with others an easy task or one that causes you to be fatigued? How can working through Christ’s power help you share your faith with others?