#16 – Covid-19 Bible reflection

What does God want from me?

Monday, April 20, 2020

Colossians 2:2-3 (NLT)

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“I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

Reflect

Easter this year was celebrated differently than others. Church services have moved online and we’re only allowed to spend time with our immediate family. This presents a great opportunity for us to revisit the question: “What does God want for us as a family or me as an individual?  Paul’s letter to Colossae is a great help in this regard. Colossians 2:2-3 (NIV):

“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”

These verses expressed Paul’s desire for the church which relates well to God’s desire for us.

1) God wants your heart to be encouraged. God is concerned about your enthusiasm. God knows that discouraged, downcast Christians are easy prey for the world, the flesh, and the enemy.

2) God wants your heart to be knit together in love with other people. God is concerned about our unity. The unity God wants doesn’t come from force, but love.

God wants us to receive real riches that are found in the believer’s full assurance. Great freedom and confidence come when we come to this full assurance that we are His children, called out of darkness into the light in order to become light to the world.

Pray

Dear Father, we bring before you the concerns and issues on our hearts: Father God, may we be filled with your wisdom, knowledge and mystery so that we may experience your will for our lives because of the assurance we have of being your children.  Amen.