Love for All the Saints (Weekly Refreshment)
“3We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints,” (Colossians 1:3-4; NASB).
It is right and proper for us to spend some time on Wednesdays thinking about how it is that we might be a refreshment to others at the halfway point of their weekly sojourn in this world. However, it is also proper on occasion to stop and think about one’s own refreshment in the saints. Notice the thanksgiving Paul offers in Colossians 1. He thanks God for the saints in Colossae because of their faith in Christ Jesus and the love which they had for all the saints.
The Colossian church had a love for the saints that was demonstrable and renowned. That is to say that their words and actions made clear where their hearts were in regard to one another and the saints abroad such that word was getting around about this love. If anyone outside their local church—and especially other believers—were asked what marked them as a church, the answer would commonly be something like, “They certainly believe in this Jesus guy, and they love everyone else that follows Him.” What a reputation!
As you gather with your church for your midweek service, allow that you would be stirred up to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24). Remember that love must come first. To serve the church and to serve the saints abroad, but to do so without love, is to waste your efforts on futility. In closing, let us remember the words of Paul to the church in Corinth:
“1If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing,” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3; NASB).