#4953 – Greetings & Unity

Good morning people who are part of a larger kingdom purpose on earth.

Colossians 4:10-16 NIV My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me. Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.

As Paul finishes up his letter to the church in Colossae, he focuses on mentioning several people who send their greetings.

The word greeting used here means to enfold in the arms, to draw to one’s self. This is more than saying hello.This is affectionate and it carries a sense of we are all in this kingdom work together.

I believe that God is looking for the same mindset in His church today. It’s not about what divides us, but about what unites us. As I have said before, His name is Jesus!

Paul also highlights reading this and other letters in different churches. With this simple instruction, Paul further breaks down the them and us mentality that can at times be between churches. We are one in Christ dear friends, we are one.