-The personal instructions continue as the letter comes to its close in this chapter. We have a Master in Heaven; therefore, we are to treat those under us justly and fairly just like the Lord does (Colossians 4:1). The next teaching pertains to constant prayer. We are to be watchful in it with expectation. We are to be thankful in it. We are to pray for open doors for proclaiming the Word of God to declare the mystery of Christ and His salvation in clarity (Colossians 4:2-4). Paul gives information on walking in wisdom toward outsiders and making the most of our time. He says to always let your speech be gracious, seasoned with salt (this metaphor suggests speaking in an interesting, stimulating, and wise way that will continue to engage leaving open doors, Matthew 5:13), so that you may know how to answer in the right manner (Colossians 4:5-6). *Application* To everyone we must give an answer to the hope that is within us as believers in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 4:2). Pray for opportunities, pray that God will help you recognize those opportunities, and pray for courage to address the people that the Lord puts in your path to bring them closer to Him and His Kingdom. Advancing His Kingdom carries individual, as well as corporate, responsibility.
-The closing of this letter has some intriguing ins and outs of their ministry and connectedness in Christ. Paul wants them to fulfill their respective ministries that they have received and stand mature, fully assured in all the will of God (Colossians 4:7-17). He extends his grace and asks for prayer as he is in prison with his own hand (Colossians 4:18). *Application* It is important for us to recognize the intricate connections within the body of Christ that He has designed and ordained (1 Corinthians 12:18). As each plays his or her part the Kingdom advances unto His glory!
Verse to Memorize- Colossians 4:5