Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:2-6
I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Colossians 4:18
Paul concludes with encouragement and final greetings. He wants the believers in Colossae to pray for him as he shares the message of Christ. He introduces Tychicus, who is to carry the letter and bring along Onesimus. Then he instructs the church to share his letter with others in the area. The church today needs to be reminded of the simplicity, the beauty, and the life-changing power that is ours in the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord.
[Paul in chains. Paul’s concern is always for evangelism and strengthening of fellow Christians and their church. He asked his letter to be shared with others in the area. His life in Christ was indeed simple, beautiful and life-changing. I want to be like Paul, that is, like Jesus Paul was imitating so closely.]