From the Kitchen Table
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit. Colossians 1:3-8
God has a plan for our lives. We get focused on the “what” but God’s will is first and foremost on the “how”. If we can adjust to the “how”, I believe we can find the “what”. Remember this, God is more interested in who we are than what we are or do. Paul writes that we have heard of your faith in Christ, your love for others because of the hope you have in heaven. There are three characteristics of a bona fide believer: faith, hope and love. That’s the kind of life that will bear fruit and will lead us into the “what” of God’s will for our lives. In fact, living from faith with hope in love will develop a world of opportunities for us. And we need to remember who brought us into this undeserved, unreserved love of God (grace) because we discover this life when we encounter love that creates hope that inspires faith. That’s a witness that will change the world and isn’t that the will of God for our lives anyway.