Duration: 365 days
GOD’S BEAUTIFUL SECRET
God is growing a new church in Colossae, and Paul writes to them.
Paul prays continually for the new church, asking God to deepen and strengthen their spiritual understanding: of his presence, of his love and of who they now are in him. They’ve been transferred out of the domain of darkness and into God’s kingdom, and they’re learning a new way to be human—how to listen to, follow and grow by God’s Spirit. So Paul asks God to help them as only he can.
Paul tells the Colossians one of the most important things they need to know: All of life revolves around Jesus. He is the image of God—by getting to know him, we are getting to know God. The entire universe—all we see and all we don’t—was created through Jesus, and he will also be the one to save it. Everything—all of the story of heaven and earth, and our story too—revolves around Jesus.
Mystery of all mysteries, this same Jesus lives in us. To grow as a believer means to learn from him because in Christ “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). We will grow as we stay “rooted and built up in him” (Colossians 2:7).
The King’s Heart
“It’s all about Jesus,” God was saying through Paul. This religion called Christianity, this way of life—whatever it’s called—is all about Jesus. God’s sole purpose for our lives is to interact, relate and walk with Jesus, who lives in us through his Spirit, who has shown us who he is in his Word. God reconciled us to himself so that he can live in us through his Spirit and we can get to know him.
Life is a journey, not forward through time, but a journey pressing deeper into the heart of God. We walk through hardships and situations in the timeline of our life, but that is not the real journey. Jesus is the real journey—getting to know him, going further into his heart. Jesus is the treasure we should hunt and seek out. In him, we will find the riches of the kingdom and everything we have ever thought to long for.
In the early church, after people were baptized, they were often given new white clothes to put on to symbolize their new life. That might be what Paul is referring to when he writes about taking off the “old self” and putting on the “new self” and that the believers should “clothe” themselves with God’s virtues (see Colossians 3:9-10, 12–14).
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