from Lynda Lindsey
…We have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy… Colossians 1:9(b)-11
He has now reconciled in His body of flesh by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard… Colossians 1:22-23(a)
To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all His energy that He powerfully works within me. Colossians 1: 27-29
Fruit bearing trees and plants, given proper care, produce healthy, nutritious food. Good soil, the right amount of water, a steady supply of nutrients, pruning, and pest control all help growers reap an abundant harvest. Christians are to be fruit bearers; our life endeavors should show evidence that we are walking in a manner that pleases Jesus and brings Him honor. When our outward actions reflect the inner changes brought about by the Holy Spirit, we are said to be bearing fruit of spiritual growth. We are to grow in maturity; perfection won’t be achieved until heaven.
If unripe fruit falls from the vine, growth ceases; fruit that remains firmly attached to the vine grows to maturity. In the same manner believers develop spiritual strength and vitality as we cling to and abide in Jesus. To fall away from Jesus stunts our spiritual growth; staying closely anchored to Jesus teaches us to walk diligently in His holiness, and truth and deepens our understanding of His grace. God’s power continually flows though us, enabling us to patiently endure hardships, to rejoice in the midst of trials, and to continue in the faith, stable and steadfast.
Growing in maturity, continuing stable and steadfast in the faith, requires we hold a true, steady course lest we be blown about like children by every changing wind of doctrine. Spiritual growth doesn’t occur haphazardly; growing in Christ is an intentional, on-purpose commitment to walk in God’s strength, not our own, to invite the Holy Spirit to transform us, and to cooperate with Him as He does His work. Stay the course; the Lord will bring an abundant harvest. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with enthusiasm for the Lord’s kingdom, bearing fruit in every good work.