Colossians 1: 9-10
“And so, from the day we heard, 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.”
As I sit at my computer writing this, my arm is in a sling because I’m in extreme pain and have limited movement. When I went to bed Friday all was well. When I woke up Saturday, the same couldn’t be said. I’ve spent a this past week reviewing my actions for the past few weeks and what could have caused the problem. Much to my surprise, I’ve come up with more than a few situations that could have caused the problem.
Which means that all of them probably helped contribute to my current suffering. It probably wasn’t just one thing but rather each action added a little more stress to the arm until my arm said, “ENOUGH!”
Separately, none of them was enough to cause the problem, but together they were more than enough.
Spiritually speaking, the same thing is true.
I know I shouldn’t have said that but it’s no big deal.
I know I shouldn’t have done that but it’s no big deal.
I know I should be nicer but it’s no big deal.
I know…I know…I know… But it’s no big deal, right? God’s not going to be mad at me for that little lie. God’s not going to be mad at me because I said that–after all they started it. God’s not going to be mad at me for not helping, I’m just too busy. And, of course, you’re right. God continues to loves us no matter what we do or don’t do. The problem is that each action adds or subtracts from our spiritual maturity.
And spiritual maturity should be the goal of every Christian. Just as a tree doesn’t bear fruit until it matures, the same is true for Christians. The more we mature spiritually, the stronger we become and the more fruit we will bear. So how do we become more mature spiritually? There are many things we could talk about but certainly just understanding that all our actions have a consequence, physically and spiritually, is a great start.
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God Bless & Good Reading!
Oh well…it’s no big deal, right?