“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom He gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.”
What is the message of Christ that Paul writes about here in the letter to the Colossian church? Well, Jesus’ own message about Himself. Jesus said of Himself that He ‘was the way, the truth and the life’. He said that ‘no-one could go to the Father except through Him’. He said that it was because God ‘so loved the world’, He was sent so that ‘everyone who believes in Him would not perish but have eternal life’. Jesus said that ‘there is no greater love than someone laying down their life for their friends’ and if we follow His commands then we ‘are His friends’. He encouraged His disciples that He was and is ‘the bread of life’, the sustainer and provider, for both our physical and spiritual needs. He is our place of refuge as He lovingly said, ‘come to Me all who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest’. And there is so much more….
In Jesus we find hope, grace, love, acceptance and provision. This is the message of Christ. We are loved, accepted and forgiven. Each new day holds a new blessing, a new portion of grace, a new dose of His everlasting love for us and the best part, we can have as much of Jesus as our hearts can contain. There is something special about being around believers who have opened their hearts fully to Jesus and everything about them radiates His beauty. That is the type of believers Paul was encouraging the Colossian church to become and that is the type of believer we ought to be. May we teach, counsel and encourage each other, building each other up for His Kingdom and may the message about Christ fill our hearts and lives.