Scripture: Colossians 1:1-14
Observation: Paul opens his letter to the Colossians by letting them know how often he prays for them and how encouraged he is by how they’ve responded to the Good News.
Application: My son just turned 16 months old, and over the past few weeks, he’s mastered the art of the temper tantrum. The cause of his most recent temper tantrum? I wouldn’t let him eat raw chicken. (I know, I know, I’m the worst.) His tantrums often include screaming, crying, falling on the floor, and if he’s really into it, real tears and banging his head on the wall. (He did this at Walgreens a few weeks ago because I wouldn’t let him touch a mascara, and well, I can basically never show my face there again.)
Here’s the thing about Luka’s tantrums: they’re acceptable – for now. While I wouldn’t mind him taking the hysterics and drama down a few notches, I can understand them – he’s only a year old. But if his tantrums continue until he’s 10? 16? 22? We’ll have a major problem on our hands.
When we’re young or when we’re new to something, people don’t expect us to be fully mature or perfect. But as we grow up, as we develop a maturity and an understanding, that perspective begins to change.
As Paul writes to the Colossians here, many of them are brand new to faith: they’ve just accepted Jesus as leader and Lord of their lives. So, he writes to encourage them and to share his prayers for them:
“We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better.” (v. 9-10)
As we progress in our faith, we should grow in knowledge, in spiritual wisdom, and in understanding – but if we’re honest, we often find ourselves stuck, refusing to choose God’s way over our own, stubbornly throwing a tantrum and holding on to what we want rather than what will honor and please the God who made us.
So today, let’s ask ourselves: what am I holding on to? Where has God revealed knowledge and direction in my life but I’ve refused to follow out of fear or stubbornness or even outright defiance?
Prayer: God, thank you for the gift of your Spirit, continually guiding us into truth and direction. Today, I examine my life and confess my sin, the places that I’m clinging tightly to what I want rather than what you desire for me. Help me let go so I can produce every good fruit for your glory. Amen.