THE GOAL OF DISCIPLESHIP: CHRISTLIKENESS
Paul’s goal for the Colossians and for everyone to whom he preached is here revealed: that he might present them to God as “perfect” (fully mature, finished, complete) in Christ. He did not stop at just introducing people to Christ. No, Paul used every faculty available to him, “warning and teaching” them to not only believe, but to follow Christ, becoming like Him in all things. This should still be the goal of those who would answer the call to pastor. It should also be the goal of every person who would call themselves “Christian.” We are called to make mature disciples of Jesus Christ.
PRAYER: Dear Father, thank You that You have not only saved us, but You have called us into the ministry of making disciples. Give us a holy boldness to tell everyone the Good News about Jesus. Strengthen us to disciple others to maturity in Christ as we follow Him with all our hearts. In Jesus’ name, amen.