• Bishop Keith Butler

Accept God’s Call and Never Look Back

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother. (Colossians 1:1)

The letter to the Colossians is the twelfth book of the New Testament. Most historians believe Paul wrote it from Rome between 60-64 A.D. Paul wrote this letter to the church at Colossi when he was with Timothy. Colossi is about a hundred miles from Ephesus in Asia Minor and was in the same geographical area as the seven churches addressed in the second and third chapters of Revelation.

Paul wrote the letter to exhort, teach, and correct some doctrinal errors. The letter to the Colossians is similar in many ways to the letter to the Ephesians. For example, both reveal prayers that Paul prayed for the churches. However, the main focus of Ephesians is the church seated in heavenly places as the body of Christ. In Colossians, Paul emphasized teaching about Jesus as the Head of the church.

The letter to the Colossians begins with a familiar salutation that you can read in eight other epistles – Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ. Paul knew who he was and what he was called to do, and he wasn’t timid about it. Remember, in the early days of the church, a lot of doctrinal error was being spread by false teachers. Paul’s pronouncement of his ministry call was to affirm his authority to establish doctrine and right teaching.

God called Paul to be an apostle to the Gentiles; he wasn’t assigned to the job by a person or a committee. Before Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus, Paul was an influential Jew. He was a Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee (Philippians 3:5). Although Paul had established himself in Jewish society, God had bigger plans for him. Jesus interrupted Paul’s life with the call of God. Paul accepted it, ran with it, and never looked back.

Practical Application – When God calls you, listen, and obey. You may have established yourself in a particular city or in a career, but God may have more in store for you. Accept God's call, run with it, and never look back!

1 Corinthians 1:1; 1 Corinthians 9:1



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