WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
Encouragement from Scott,
As fall kicks off, everyone who follows Jesus should take an opportunity to look at this new season and pursue things to help us grow spiritually. As I was praying and thinking about this fall for both my personal life and our church, I came across an article that both amused me and made me sad.
In Colossians 1: 9-14 we read, “9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
The apostle Paul is telling his readers that he prayed for their full insight and deepest understanding of God's will for them and for all Christians. He did this so they would be able to glorify God in their conduct, both personally and corporately, as a church. He also tells them to remember that their understanding must come through the working of God's Spirit in them, and that correct understanding is foundational to correct behavior.
What Carrie Nieuwhof writes below in his blog is challenging. This pastor/author/blogger looks at the idea of maturity as a person who looks in the mirror and asks the hard question, am I truly mature? If I think I am, do others experience that maturity through the Holy Spirit working in and through me? I challenge you to read this blog and look in the mirror and ask the same questions. This is a worthy pursuit for all followers of Jesus Christ and in today’s world we need people to live in a way that reflects the Spirit of God!
I hope this encourages and challenges you.