Epiphany 3: Sunday, January 25

Readings: Colossians 2:6-15; Matthew 9:2-8

Paul writes to the church at Colossae, concerned that they may be distracted or pulled away from the central truths of the gospel by the variety of cultural influences in that city.  He takes significant pains to remind this dear church of who Jesus is. Then, he encourages them to continue walking in his ways.

  1. Recall the time when you first received Christ, or perhaps when you first realized that your sins were forgiven.  What were the circumstances?  What this time like for you?  Take some time to remember this with God.
  2. Now, recall what your life with Christ has been like since you first became aware that He was with you.  In what ways have you seen him rooting, establishing, building you up and strengthening you in him?  As you remember these things, offer them back up to Him with thanksgiving.