In this greeting, Paul affirms the spiritual growth and maturity of the Christian community at Colossae. This is not only seen in the number of people in the city coming to Christ, but it is also seen in their own deepening and practice of faith. For Paul, the task of the church is to strike a balance between evangelism, discipleship, and personal growth. The strength of the community’s faith can by determined by the fruit they are bearing.
Think of the ministries of our church. Which are bearing fruit? How might some of them be pruned in order to promote growth? What might act as fertilizer?
Pray God’s blessing over each of the ministries you have thought of and ask for an open heart towards new ministries of which you might be a part.