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“We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you.” (Colossians 1:3)

What confidence Paul exudes as he begins his letter to the believers in Colossae! He knows that God will continue to work in their lives, and he tells them as much—even if he must later give them some strong corrections. Paul knows that this church has its troubles, but he has more confidence in the Holy Spirit’s power to transform than in the power of sin to distort. In the end, Paul knows that God will work through their weakness and confusion to bring them closer to Christ and to make them more fruitful for the gospel.

We can take a cue from Paul’s optimistic opening here. It is easy to dwell on our weaknesses and shortcomings and think that we will never do much for the Lord. But God wants us to be confident, even in the face of our failings, that he will work through us. He wants to remind us that he also called an impetuous tradesman named Peter and a proud intellectual named Paul. So surely he can use us!

It can be even easier to look at the weaknesses or faults of other people and conclude that they will never amount to much in God’s kingdom. How surprising it can be, then, to see God using them—sometimes in very dramatic ways! Remember how he used a poor, sickly girl like Bernadette Soubirous in nineteenth- century France. Remember, too, how he used a party-boy, Francis Bernadone, in twelfth-century Assisi. Elsewhere, Paul writes how God chooses the weak, lowly, and despised things of the world to shame the strong and wise (1 Corinthians 1:27-29). It seems to be his standard way of operating!

We should never think that our weaknesses or those of others pose insurmountable obstacles to God. We can always be confident, like Paul, that God can fill every single person—rich or poor, strong or weak, healthy or frail—with his goodness and grace. He is our loving Father, and nothing can get in the way of his plans, his love, and his power.

“Lord, give me a bigger vision of you and your power to transform. I want to help spread your kingdom in this world!”

Psalm 52:10-11; Luke 4:38-44


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