Oh Come Let Us Adore Him


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Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

— Colossians 4:1-6 (KJV)

 

The book of Colossians is one of four prison epistles: Ephesians, Philippians, and Philemon are the other three. During Paul’s stay in Ephesus, a man named Epaphras received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Epaphras went back to his home in Colossae, where he proclaimed Christ and, by all accounts, was the pastor of a church. Epaphras shared with Paul what was happening at the Colossian church – that false teachers were seeking to make Christianity philosophical and therefore open to debate, rather than transformational. Paul was compelled to clarify the theology of the believers in Colossae by focusing on the person and mission of Christ.

As Christians we are challenged to watch and pray and to be thankful. Occasionally, Christians fail to pray before making a decision and people are hurt. The meaning here is that the Christian should never stop praying, and not that his prayers should be endless. The importance in prayer was taught by Christ in two of his most beautiful parables, namely, those of the friend at midnight, and of the unjust judge. The meaning of “watching” here is that of “wakefulness,” affirming: To be awake is to be alive in the fullest sense, to have all the powers of perception and action in readiness. The activity of the soul in prayer is to be both energetic and incessant. Paul, often stressed the need of thankfulness “in all things.” Philippians 4: 6 . . . but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. As Paul prayed for others, he himself felt the need of the supporting prayers of the brethren in Christ.

Paul was deeply concerned that his speech should always be effective in making known the mystery of Christ; and, if Paul’s solicited prayers in support of preaching how much more shall we. Paul was greatly concerned about this community of believers. As a pastor, I am also concerned about the lack of prayer and study by the Christian.

I encourage Christians to walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time Colossians 4:5. Christians are to demonstrate Christ so that the world “the non-Christians, those without the church” will have and opportunity to see Christ.

As I reflected on the scriptures, the chorus of O Come, All Ye Faithful came to mind. This song drew me closer to the Lord and my desire to worship Him:

 

 

Hymn:

O Come, All Ye Faithful

 

O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him,

Christ, the Lord,

 

Amen.

 

 

Reverend Gracie M. Jackson is the executive director of Love INC of Eagle River and Pastor at Grace Ministries in Eagle River.

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