Who You Are & What You Do
"In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace." - Colossians 1:6 NIV Thomas Edison once said, "What you are will show in what you do." This statement is as true for people as it is for things. After recognizing faith and love in the Colossian Christians, Paul reveals that these virtues are the natural outflow of hope. Hope is what is created when we hear the gospel of King Jesus and the Kingdom that is entering the world. Truly believing what he penned to the Christians in Rome, Paul proclaims here in Colosae that what the gospel does, proves what it is. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). It was true in Rome as it transformed lives there, it's true for the Christians in Colossae, and Paul declares that it is true" throughout the whole world." As the gospel is proclaimed and as it is "truly understood" it forever changes the lives of its hearers. Our call to "season our conversations with salt" (Colossians 4:6) is a call to show who we are by what we do. We are to be uniquely Christian by declaring this unique message. The true gospel will show in what it does; changing lives, and true Christians will show in what they do; proclaiming the message of King Jesus! Questions to Consider: What aspects of the gospel produce hope in you? What aspects might produce hope in the people you want to share the gospel with?