When Paul writes to the Colossian church, he begins by praising God for the way they’ve chosen to live. “We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints;” (Colossians 1:3-4)They could have chosen to follow the world, even as Christians. It is easy for some Christians to use their faith as a pass at doing whatever they want, saying the blood of Jesus will cover everything. However, the Colossian people pursue God with all their heart, not just when Paul or other Christians were around them. They were not one person at church and a different person the rest of the week. Others took note of it, Paul himself got word that the Colossians were living in a respectable manner.
Paul did not write his opening remarks to the Colossians to give them an applause though. He thanks God for the good life the Colossians are choosing. They are just humans like Paul, still sinful. Their own actions to live well means nothing on their own power. Paul also writes “since the day we heard of [your love in the Spirit] we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. . . and increasing in the knowledge of God." (1:9-10) While the Colossians are representing the Church well, Paul reminds them they can still grow in faith. He does not want them to become prideful with what they have accomplished, but to remember their place in the grand scheme of things. The people I know who are the most Biblically educated continue to study the scriptures consistently and deeply. They are not satisfied with how far they have gotten; they know they can keep growing in their Christian walk.
Whether you are “a lukewarm Christian” or living your best for Jesus, you can keep growing. God is more than anyone can ever comprehend. Romans 11:33-34 declares this: “Oh, what a wonderful God we have! How great are his wisdom and knowledge and riches! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his methods! For who among us can know the mind of the Lord? Who knows enough to be his counselor and guide?" No matter how much we know or do, there is something more to God. Never grow tired of pursuing Him.
William Pledger (18) is the Lead Director of CLM/TPS Chapel and is a senior at TPS