Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Evidence of Christ In Us

It has been one of the most focus-required and engrossing days I've had in years. I'm wrung out. Epaphras comes to mind, to whom the apostle Paul gave an honorable mention in Colossians 4. While most versions have it as though Epaphras was wrestling and working hard in prayer for people, the Greek actually translates it as something that was being done to him:

Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always "being wrestled" 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 "being worked hard" for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. (Colossians 4:12-13 NIV)

The Spirit of God in us "works us" or points us toward something He is wanting to do in someone else, even a group. He shares with us His desire, giving us words to speak and images of the outcome, which can then feel like a worthy wrestling or a holy labor so that it gets done. It makes the presence of God and the Kingdom of God in us very obvious. Sometimes I am invigorated at the conclusion, and sometimes I am satisfyingly fatigued. Spent well.

I know this falls into the "loosie-goosie, weirdo" stuff of Spirit-led Christianity, but there it is.

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