We live in confused times.
More than ever, I see people seeking their own truth rather than the truth. For some, answers seem secondary to questions. (Jesus used questions to get to truth, not posing them for their own sake.)
While under house arrest in Rome Paul heard of confusion in a town where some of his disciples helped start a congregation of Jesus’ followers.
So he wrote to remind them of the main thing: Jesus.
There were interesting (to some) mixtures of Judaism, mystery religions, and Jesus teachings going around. People were confused by the questions and accusations of these false teachers. Paul reminds them of the truth.
He pointed to Jesus (ch.1), as contrasted to the mixed instruction (ch. 2), and then how we look to Jesus to live for him (ch. 4).
Then, as a last nudge toward how to honor God in life, he says:
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
(Colossians 4:2-6 ESV)
Pray, be thankful, seek God’s wisdom, and watch your mouth.
There it is.
Boy, is that last one hard.
God will help us.