Yesterday was my last day in the book of 2 Peter for awhile. (I’ll come back to it, I don’t have it all perfected yet!) Running through that book with #Vigilant as the running thought and theme brought a new focus to me in how I approached situations at home and at work. So many times I think I am seeing things, but the truths Peter brought to light helped me look deeper. No. I have not reached perfection. Far from it, but I have grown a little more, and that is the goal.
So, as always, where to next?
I promote this page, poorly at times, as Relentless Growth, and that was born out of a study I did with my Mentor/Rabbi, Lou, and my best friend, Ray. In that series, I learned a lot about who I am, but I learned a lot more about how God wants me to grow in Him. The study is based on Colossians 2:7. I’m going to add verse 6 to help with the context just a tad:
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. – Colossians 2:6-7
As I thought about that study, I am reminded how it brought me to the place where I finally realized my need for a daily walk with God. It took some time to get the habit REALLY locked in, but the daily verse posts I do are a result of that time of learning and the hunger for God and His Word that came out of it. I have been thinking about that time spent with those men a lot lately. I miss those times, and I would guess that all that thinking about those sessions woke up the desire to look into Colossians.
So, here we go! I did a little more research on the book, and one of the best overviews I have found to whet my appetite for the book is from Chuck Swindoll. You can read his take on Collosians here at his Insight for Living web site. He gives an overview of all of the books in the Bible. Good stuff, and he is a far better writer than I!
Chuck’s overview talks about how well Paul described the sovereignty of Christ and the importance of recognizing His Deity. Christ was not just a good man who did some neat things. He is God! He created the universe, spoke us into existence, came to earth to live as a man, and He died for our salvation. He rose again, and now sits at God’s right hand waiting for the moment He will return for His people and begin an eternal reign. WOW!
When you realize all of that, Colossians 2:6-7 is a natural response. If Christ is our Lord, and we really recognize Him as Lord, we are faced with a choice of serving Him or not. As Paul tells us in the very first verse of the book, he is a servant of God’s will, and that is what I am called to be as well. Some days I do it well, and other days…
Relentless Growth is a reminder to me that in order to grow, I must first kneel. I must take myself off the throne of my heart and put God there, where He deserves to be, as my Creator and Sustainer. I must die to my desires and live in the grace, mercy, and new life Christ purchased for me. If I do that, then I will grow! Kneel -> Grow. Submit -> Grow. Serve -> Grow.
I can’t think of a better way to grow in Christ than to take what I learn from His Word and use it to serve others. Whether I am posting a daily verse, doing life with my wife, helping a friend with a project, helping my employees at work, or talking with my kids, I am engaging in service to God that results in personal growth.
So, for the next several weeks, I will be making my way through Colossians as slowly as possible – digging as much truth out as I can in order to use it in service to God. I will enjoy the time I spend learning and sharing. I hope you enjoy it too.
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