28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. 29 For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me (Colossians 1).
The word angel means messenger, and this word “proclaim” is derived from the same. That means we are like “angels” bringing people good news of great joy concerning Christ. Yet, unlike angels who come and go, we remain in order to “present (stand by)” those who are being made “complete in Christ,” as we are “admonishing” and “teaching” them about the things of God.
This is no easy task, requiring much “labor” on our part. For even as a mother labors in childbirth, so we too must also labor—yet not in our own “wisdom” and strength, but “according to His power.” Thus, ours is truly taxing work—and yet at the same time it is a spiritual work deriving its source from God and not ourselves. This power “works mightily within [us],” because God Himself is Almighty.
Lord, we pray You would work mightily within us This Day to present folks around us complete in Christ. Amen.