Yesterday, in our opening and studying the word of God, a portion of Paul’s statement – tucked at the end of verse 23 – struck me as having a military slant, in its wording.
Col 1:22 But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him–
Col 1:23 if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a servant of it.
The Greek word diakonos is translated servant, here in the HCSB translation. If you’re thinking deacon, your on the right trail. But Paul is beckoning us to dig deeper. To take this description of himself, and run with it! Spiritually, run with it! Add some feet, legs, arms and run with it! Thayer states, that this verb means “one who executes the commands of another.”
What is applicable here is; as Paul was called from the dead by the living breathing Gospel preached from the throne of the King (Eph 2; John 3). And you and I, have likewise been the recipients of this divine restoration. Have been commissioned to take the very same Gospel, which was poured out upon our deadened souls, and legally, execute the commands that the giver of the Gospel, desires!
Like every Marine or infantry soldier, when given “the orders from on high” do exactly what the Apostle Paul states here; becomes a servant, or the executer, of it! If you’re born again, then you’re already signed up (signed in Lamb’s blood). Jesus has given us our marching orders (Matt 28). So, what are you waiting for; Proclaim!