Colossians 1:24-29 (NRSV)
24 I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and
in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions
for the sake of his body, that is, the church.
25 I became its servant according to God’s commission
that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,
26 the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages
and generations but has now been revealed to his saints.
27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles
are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in
you, the hope of glory.
28 It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching
everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in
29 For this I toil and struggle with all the energy that
he powerfully inspires within me.