“When the true message, the Gospel, first came to you, you heard of the hope it offers. So your faith and love are based on what you hope for, which is kept safe for you in Heaven.” (Colossians 1:5)
When the mail is delivered to your home, you look through the stack wondering if any of it is important mail. Maybe one is a bill. You don’t want that. It is addressed to you but it is not what you were looking for. Maybe another piece of mail is advertising for sheets and pillow cases. You don’t need any. Now another piece is a magazine. It looks kind of interesting. You might choose to read that right now.
If you read the magazine and like it, you might think that the mail was worthwhile. But if it was dull, you might put the mail down and find something else to do.
But before you leave, look through the stack of mail just one more time. Suddenly you notice a postcard addressed to you. It is an invitation for you to spend a week at a resort with all the expenses paid. That sounds great! Just think – if you had thought the mail was junk and had not found the postcard, you would have missed the invitation. Or if you liked the magazine and had not looked at the mail again, you would have enjoyed the mail, but you would have missed a very important piece.
Now let us apply this lesson about the stack of mail to our worship. Being in church offers a stack of things to do. At church you can visit with your friends, hear special music, listen to a sermon, sing some good hymns, say a few prayers. You might think that none of these things are anything special for you, or that none of it interests you. Or you might like one part and forget the rest. You might like seeing your friends, or the music, and pass on the rest.
But wait! Just like in the mail, there is something special for you. It is the message that God loves you and has sent Jesus to be our Friend and Savior.
Some things about church may not be exciting to you. You may think that part of it is only for other people. And you may be right. But the message of Christ’s love and forgiveness is for you.
The Christians in Colossae understood the message of Christ that had been taught to them. Paul wrote “When the true message, the Gospel, first came to you, you heard of the hope it offers. So your faith and love are based on what you hope for, which is kept safe for you in Heaven.” They recognized that the story of Christ changed their lives. They sorted through all the messages they received and found the hope of Christ. And they held on to it.
We can do the same. Too often adults will say they went to church for many years before they found the joy of knowing Christ. They did not sort through all the things going on to find the hope that Christ gives to us all. Do not let that happen to you. Listen to Christ today. He wants to give us hope.
– Reverend Joel Holls