Colossians 4: Everyday Grace

As he did in Ephesians, at the tail end of chapter 3 and the beginning of chapter 4, Paul ends this letter with a reminder that new life in Christ also affects our everyday relationships.  In the middle of that section — technically called a “household code” — Paul says this:

Whatever you do, give it your very best. (3:23)

Good relationships take our very best.  Husbands and wives can’t expect to have a good relationship if there is little effort put into their marriage.  Parenting is too challenging to think we can find success with only our leftovers.  Tired, distracted fathers find it too easy to “provoke their children to anger” (3:21).  The workplace can easily become tyranny if the boss isn’t trying to give her employees the best, to their benefit and to the mission of the organization.

But how is that possible?  We don’t always want to give our best. Quite frankly, there are many situations where the people in our life don’t deserve our best. Paul knows this and his answer comes in the very next phrase:

Give it your very best, as if you were working for the master and not for human beings. (3:23b)

We give our best out of devotion to God, not because other people deserve it.

That’s grace.  It isn’t just some concept we pull out when we want to talk about the conceptual matter of how God saves our soul.  Grace is also the very practical, unmerited blessings we give the people in our life in the nitty gritty of day-to-day life.

What did you learn from Colossians this week?

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3 thoughts on “Colossians 4: Everyday Grace

  1. 4:6 – Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt.

    it is so easy to comment, put up post. the finger is faster than the mouth.
    but a word that will last to generations, preserved by salt is hard to come by.

    this verse opened up my though. Paul wasn’t telling them to speak gracefully,
    or like someone who speaks persuasively. He meant grace himself occupy our conversation.

    grace himself is Jesus. Jesus is the saltiness that makes us the salt salty. amen.

    this is a far cry to our churches.. in the sermons every Sunday, you will definitely hear the word “God”
    but have few or no word uttered “Jesus”. bring back Jesus to our message. put Him in the center, the main focal point.

    – grace and peace

    • It is a bit of a jump to get from this verse to Jesus, but I understand. And your point that modern Christianity often lacks Jesus in its teaching is something more and more researchers are discovering too. I am thinking of Christian Smith’s research on “moralistic therapeutic deism.” for one.

  2. “Don’t forget to pray for us, that God will open doors for telling the mystery of Christ, even while I’m locked up in this jail.”

    Paul is locked up in house arrest in Rome and wants to be a million other places. How easy it would be for Paul to think all of his work is out there, outside of jail, where he can’t be. Instead, he endeavors to make wherever he is, even in jail, his mission field. Nice perspective! Look for opportunities wherever you are!

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