The Godly Man’s Role
As Spiritual Leader…
A godly man desires to be the spiritual leader of his home. He is in conflict for his family as Paul was for the citizens of the Colossian church.
He desires, as Paul did, that his family would be comforted, knit together in love, understanding of his role in the home, and acknowledging of his accountability before God.
As Decision Maker…
As the leader of his home, a godly man must make decisions that affect his entire household. He does not make those decisions lightly.
It is a heavy burden that he must bare for the consequences of those decisions can bring about a good result or a disastrous one.
As Seeking God’s Guidance…
Therefore, it is of utmost importance, that the family members understand and acknowledge his role and thus pray for God’s guidance in his decisions.
The Family’s Role
The family is a beautiful picture of Christ and His Church.
As a picture of the body of Christ, the family body that prays together, is knit together, comforts one another, and upholds one another is a family that is a beautiful picture of Christ and His church.
Everyone loves to receive a letter sent through snail-mail.
There’s just something about holding a letter in your hand that someone took the time to personally write.
It may be a personal note, or it could be a reminder of some special event. Whatever the topic, someone thought enough of you to send it. That is what makes it so special.
Then there are those letters sent special delivery.
They’re those hand-delivered ones. You tremble as you receive them because sometimes those can contain information that is hard to accept.
It may contain news of a tragic event, but it also may contain exciting news that delights your soul.
A long-lost friend has finally found you, or a reunion is about to take place. You’ve won an all-expenses paid vacation, or the car which has given you so much trouble has finally been recalled.
Letters are special. And in that sense you, as the recipient, are special also.
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Colossae was strategically located along a trade route that led east to west from the Euphrates Valley to the city of Ephesus and the Aegean Sea. The church located there would have had the opportunity to exert a great influence over the traveling merchantmen engaging them to help spread the gospel message.
Did they utilize their location and material wealth to do so?
Were they overtaken by the angel worship that had deceived many in the surrounding areas?
Did they fulfill their ministry?
Many questions remain.
Those few that survived after the great earthquake occupied a small village and continued there until another earthquake destroyed the area. Hopefully, their godly influence remained long after the demise of their great city.
Where has God strategically placed you?
Are you utilizing that placement to help spread the gospel message?
Are you fulfilling the ministry to which you are called?
What influence will remain after you leave this world?
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Devastating Earthquake Recorded
The Roman senator and historian, Tacitus, kept a journal of events that happened in the Roman Empire during his time. This journal called The Annals has been translated by Alfred Church and William Bradribb and gives us insight and a valuable timeline as to the happenings in the empire during the reign of several emperors.
Of particular interest to us, Book XIV of The Annals has an important statement concerning the area surrounding Colosse and Laodicea.
“One of the famous cities of Asia, Laodicea, was that same year overthrown by a earthquake, and, without any relief from us, recovered itself by its own resources.”
This earthquake happened sometime between AD 60 and AD 62 during the reign of Nero. The tri-city area of Colosse, Laodicea, and Hierapolis was devastated. Laodicea and Hierapolis managed to recover from the ruins.
However, Colosse lay in ruins and was never able to restore itself. Today, those ruins lie somewhere beneath the sod. Only a mound remains to remind us of its existence.
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