That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, Colossians 2:2
Chapter 2 of Colossians begins with Paul expressing an internal conflict he is having. He doesn’t think people are understanding the gospel message and what it means to be a Christ follower (Christian). He gives them some simple steps to assess their faith walk. He starts with telling them to encourage and love each other. He says that when they love one another they will be knit together or in complete unity/agreement.
Paul’s words to encourage and love sound like a simple command to follow, but mostly it doesn’t come naturally. Love is a choice that must be chosen continuously. I like the wording used in this passage of being “knit” together in love. It is like being woven together in the fabric of life to become a beautiful garment that is the work of the LORD. One of the practices to come into agreement with others is by encouraging those around you. Take time to notice and appreciate what people are doing for kingdom progress. Send messages of thankfulness and applaud individuals for the work they are doing in God’s kingdom. Appreciate the time and effort that goes into the things God has called us all to do. Then let those around you know you noticed their work and labor of love. Not because they need your approval or a sense of pride but only because it will tighten and strengthen the fabric of the “garment” with the love that you are sharing.
It is easy to get caught up in sitting back, observing and criticizing how others are doing kingdom work. Wouldn’t it make more sense that instead of pointing out what others are doing wrong, that you step in and offer to help. Maybe they are doing it wrong because they are not gifted in that area, but filling a place that is void of the person with the gift. You are the missing part of the picture if you are not serving along with the rest of the body.
Today I want to encourage you to offer love and encouragement to those serving in the work of the LORD. Even if you think your words or opinion won’t make a difference, send a message of appreciation simply because you want to be an inspiring voice to others. If you find yourself continuously finding fault and noticing imperfection in the work, you are probably the missing ingredient of the recipe needed to move the project forward. Raise you hand and volunteer to step into a supportive role today. It will probably not start out as the lead, but begin with filling an empty slot, then as you learn and grow, it will not be long until you accomplish all that God has planned for you to do. The bottom line is to be an encouragement and love others. If that means serve along side them, than do that too.
Today’s scripture reading: Colossians 2:1-3