Colossians 2:1-3 reads: I want you to know how much I have agonized for you and for the church at Laodicea, and for many other believers who have never met me personally. 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.
The apostle Paul is writing this to the church in Laodicea, but also to other believers in general. It’s a note of encouragement and instruction. As I read this passage, three elements jumped out at me.
(1) ‘Strong ties of love’ are what encourages and strengthens a church. It is not Christ’s desire for there to be disunity within the body.
(2) Confidence in understanding God’s plan is possible. Notice that Paul says understand and not know. There is a huge difference between the two. To know God’s plans is to be able to tap into the future. It would also take the mystery out of this text. Understanding God’s plans for us is saying, “God, I’m no were near close to understanding what you are up to right now, but I trust you entirely because I know Christ’s love for me.”
(3) To know Jesus is to have unrestricted access to His ‘wisdom and knowledge.’ The key word in this text, however, is hidden. If we truly desire to know the things of God’s heart…His will for our lives…and what He is up to, we must search. Take just a moment to place yourself in the shoes of a 4-year-old child searching for eggs on Easter. Remember that excitement, that energy and joy? I believe that’s the attitude Christ desires for each of us to embrace when exploring Him.
This week, may you enjoy seeking out the mind of God and not regard it as tedious or senseless. And if you’re wondering why He requires so much of us…just remember that every healthy relationship takes spending time together
and effort from both parties.