I've been pondering some things from Colossians 1&2 the last few days. Instead of sharing a lot of those verses in one post, perhaps I'll just share bits and pieces in coming posts. From the first chapter:
9For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
1. How wonderful would it be to know people were often praying for us to be filled with all that good stuff from God?! (see vs. 9)
2. I'd love to live a life worthy of the Lord so that I might please Him in every way! Oh to have that great strength from Him so that I could endure life's trials with patience.
3. From verse 12, I love that God qualified us. We didn't qualify ourselves, but He enabled us or prepared us to be partakers in the kingdom.
4. He rescued us from the kingdom of darkness. Unlike the books I've read lately, where men were the ones who could rescue their plural wives in the hereafter, the Bible tells us clearly that God is the One Who did this. By giving this much power to men is making them like God....which it seems the polygamists often have in mind, unfortunately.
5. He brought us into the kingdom of the Son whom He loves ... and in Whom we have forgiveness of our sins.
Good stuff! What is your favorite? Does anything stand out to you?
This picture was taken by Samer along the Rhine River in Germany, October 2009. I love the sky!