Devotion #133 for Vinita Daily Journal – 10/15/22

GATHERING UP THE FRAGMENTS

By Eddie Wrinkle

“Everyone”

Colossians 1:28 (ESV) Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. Proclaim means to present, to preach, to announce. Acts 8:4-5 says, “Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them.” In Acts 8:35, the Bible tells us that Philip “preached Jesus” to the Ethiopian eunuch in the Gaza desert. Paul says we must proclaim Christ to everyone. Warning is part of presenting the gospel. Jesus warned more about hell than he taught about heaven. People will not flee from the wrath to come unless they are warned there is a wrath to come. Paul told the Ephesian elders “Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:31) It may not be pleasant for preachers to warn people of danger, but it is necessary. The Lord told the prophet Ezekiel, “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me.” We must warn everyone. Paul also says we must teach everyone. Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” There are twenty commands of Christ in the New Testament that He told His disciples to go into all the world and teach. The best discipleship program of all time is found in the commands of Christ. We must proclaim Christ to everyone. We must warn everyone to be ready to meet Christ at death or at His Second Coming. We must teach everyone the truth of the Bible. We must do all this with the wisdom that comes from the Lord through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. The chief purpose of all this is that we may present everyone mature in Christ. Hebrews 6:1 says, “Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection.” Perfection here means “maturity.” The Lord doesn’t want us to remain infants all our lives. Ephesians 4:13 says, “till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) “Whoever” means “Everyone.” That includes all of us. Let’s get busy sharing the message with “everyone.” Until next time… LET THERE BE LIGHT!