by Richard L. Burguet •
Years ago the Apostle Paul penned these words about his ministry: …the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. (Colossians 1:25ff)
Here Paul is describing, in majestic words, his own understanding of his ministry as an Apostle and how he carried out the task of proclaiming the Word. He spoke of his calling, his message, and the purpose of his preaching. In the verses just before this beautiful passage Paul explained to the Christians at Colossae that he understood himself as a servant of the Word, and his purpose in life was to preach the Word and proclaim Jesus Christ.