For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face, 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.
– Colossians 2:1-3 NASB (emphasis added)
These verses are from the apostle Paul’s letter to the believers in the city of Colossae, which sits on the western part of the Turkish peninsula. He also mentions believers in the city of Laodicea, which was just a few miles up the road, and even believers in general with whom he had no personal relationship. In other words, what Paul is about to say applies broadly to all those who have believed in Christ.
Paul then describes a progression he wishes everyone to experience: an encouragement, a love, and, ultimately, a full assurance of understanding about Christ. In other words, coming to Christ is not the end of our spiritual growth – it’s the proper beginning.
Note that Christ is called a “mystery” which refers to the riddle of the messianic prophecies. How much room is there to grow in this pursuit of what God has for us in this mystery we call Christ? Consider the amazing answer given by Paul (which I have emphasized above): “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” This is a staggering truth!
In Christ, we learn so much! We learn the nature of God – that He is love, that He is just but also forgiving. We learn all we need to know about God in Christ. We also learn all we need to know about ourselves in Him; that is, we learn about human nature, temptation, sin, life and death. Jesus is the great example of a human life – loving and serving others to the point of always turning the other cheek and walking the extra mile. There is so much to learn in Christ; “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” can be found in Him.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Christ our Lord, You have called us to focus on You that we might learn all that we need to know for godliness and successful living in this life. I seek now my daily portion…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.