“We also pray that you will be strengthened will all His glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father.”
Strengthened with all His glorious power.
Endurance and patience.
Filled with joy.
Thanking the Father.
I can minimize the truth and weight of this verse if I apply it only to my personal circumstance. Endurance to…get through another poopy diaper? Patience for…whining and complaining about getting dressed? Strengthened so I can…walk another block holding the baby doll, stroller, and bag of toys? Of course God’s truth applies to my life right now, but these verses mean so much more when I place them in their proper historical and Biblical context.
The church in Colossians was facing huge doctrinal and practical problems. Gnosticism (salvation through secret knowledge, mystical experiences, and human effort) and was a heavy and convincing influence at the time, and the church was feeling it edge in on the truth. Although a smaller city in it’s twilight of influence, Colossians still a place in God’s heart and the message that this book contains shines it’s truth on relevant issues still today. The Godship of Christ, how He holds the universe together, and His supreme authority over all creation – deep stuff that still resonates centuries later.
So, what does that all mean for me?
Yes, I can choose joy when the pancake batter drips all over the oven door and crusts over like cement. But there can be deeper movement and alignment inside me towards God’s truth and His work in the world – choosing to thank Him when it seems like things are falling apart and He has forgotten the needs and crises of humankind. He never changes, even when it seems like everything else does.