Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:6
Colossians 1:6 ESV
which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth,
PAST: answer what this verse meant to the original recipients in the PAST.
The good news came to those at Colossae and Paul is reminding them that Jesus is spreading like wild-fire and is producing much fruit. Fruit in this passage is specifically regarding people hearing the gospel and getting saved. Just as they heard it, understood it, and were saved!
EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to EVERYONE.
The gospel message is something we should be proud and honored to share. It bears fruit and will increase those who are saved. When a person is saved, and they fully understand “the grace of God in truth”, it is impossible not to tell people what they have found in Jesus. As move forward, that initial spark and love can sometimes fade. This is an encouragement to remember!
PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you and how should you apply it today in the PRESENT.
When I think back to the day I was saved, it was incredible! I wanted everyone to know and I wanted everyone to have what I found. My prayers were different back then and more universal with a desire to get that last person saved so that Jesus could come back in all His glory. Now, as time has passed, I realize I can become complacent and lazy in my sharing Christ with others. A sort of “why bother because they are so lost” mentality creeps in. I will use this verse to remember that God is the one who increases the fruit. I must pray for low hanging fruit that I might partake in a small part in the salvation of people around me.
TO MY READER: Share your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share your entire PEP so we can learn from each other. Blessings! ~ Jen