"For even though I am absent from in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ." Colossians 2:5
There is nothing sweeter in life than to be truly one in the spirit with others sharing a mutual love of our Lord. Paul is telling the believers in Colossae though I am absent in body I am with you in spirit. I would much more prefer being one in the spirit with someone than just having them physically present. We share true intimacy when we are one in spirit. There is genuine communion. Unfortunately, I find most encounters with others are just being physically present together, but a far cry from what I believe God intended for us as His followers.
I believe Paul reveals what it takes to accomplish this oneness of spirit. He is rejoicing to see their good discipline and the stability of their faith. Professing believers should be striving for disciplined lives. Being a disciple of Christ requires discipline. When we lead disciplined lives the fruit is a stability in our faith. As I observe the professing believers around me I see no more stability in their lives than I do unbelievers. In fact, quite often the opposite. This should not be so.
Let us take an honest look at our daily habits, and pray for God’s wisdom and guidance into a disciplined life. The Proverbs are a great place to start. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. We must be disciplined to begin our day in His Word. We must become disciplined in denying our fleshly desires that war against our spirit man.
In Colossians 2:2 Paul encourages their hearts with these words:
"…that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is Christ Himself in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."
Let us ask ourselves what can we possibly be seeking that promises a greater reward??
"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
In His love.
Photos taken this week while renewing a love affair for "Serenity Point" on Topsail Island. It has been a honeymoon spot for me and Jesus many years. 😇