God wanted to make the glorious riches of this secret plan known among the Gentiles, which is Christ living in you, the hope of glory. This is what we preach as we warn and teach every person with all wisdom so that we might present each one mature in Christ. I work hard and struggle for this goal with his energy, which works in me powerfully. I want you to know how much I struggle for you, for those in Laodicea, and for all who haven’t known me personally. My goal is that their hearts would be encouraged and united together in love so that they might have all the riches of assurance that come with understanding, so that they might have the knowledge of the secret plan of God, namely Christ. All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in him. I’m telling you this so that no one deceives you with convincing arguments, because even though I am absent physically, I’m with you in spirit. I’m happy to see the discipline and stability of your faith in Christ. So live in Christ Jesus the Lord in the same way as you received him. Be rooted and built up in him, be established in faith, and overflow with thanksgiving just as you were taught. (Colossians 1:27—2:7, CEB)
The author of the epistle to the Colossians is empowering them to live out the lives they were taught to live. We struggle and work towards goals to help others around us come to an understanding of the love of God and how we are all given a place in the community. So that they would be encouraged.
Do you worry over those who you know are a part of the community? What about those you know who are not a part of the community?
We should pray and share the story of love in everything we do so all will know they are loved by God.
Loving People. Loving God.