“so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.” vs. 10
The Colossians had made a good start. They had heard the gospel of grace and had responded in faith and their little community was growing quickly. But as every generation of Christians has discovered, what had happened was only a beginning. Paul reminds them that the best was still to come. He was now praying that as they grew in the knowledge of God’s will they would lead lives worthy of the Lord by bearing fruit in every good work. It’s a beautiful thing when faith communities mature in such a fashion. Love abounds as people look for ever more ways to reach out to the hungry and the hurting all around the world. To be a part of such a group is to get a sample of what life in the peaceable kingdom is like. It’s not theoretical or something to be experienced after death–it happens wherever people come together and live the way they’re supposed to live. Some may doubt that such communities even exist amidst the ugliness and spiritual poverty of contemporary culture. We see so many people living for themselves that it’s a surprise when we encounter those who cheerfully and heartily live for others. But it does happen! Sometimes right under our noses! The Kingdom of God is at hand and is among us!
Thought for the Day: What is a life worthy of the Lord?