April 14, 2011 Donna New

…how greatly I strive for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;  that their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, that they may know the mystery of God, even Christ,  in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden. Colossians 2:1-3

My mom worked hard at a lot of things…Cooking, dishes, vacuuming, more cooking, more dishes etc. She was a stay at home mom of 5 kids. But ask any one to tell you about those days in the past and they’ll tell you my mom worked hard at raising us to be not just good kids but sweet kids. She worked hard at making sure we didn’t argue, that everyone including the  kids we told her about at school were treated with kindness. Mom worked around the clock to be sure we had integrity flavored with a tender heart.

This sounds like Paul to me. He’s striving for them to know Jesus, the hidden treasure in Him and to know the comfort of the gospel. He’s working around the clock for Jesus’ knowledge and love to be contained within them permanently.

A loving person teaches 24 hours a day knowing that there are lessons to be learned at every hour. Lessons of love aren’t taught only 9am-5pm. The treasures of Jesus’ wisdom and knowledge aren’t taught only when money is being earned.   And how does one teach when they’re separated? They strive in prayer for people they haven’t met.  Why? Because Jesus has engraved them permanently on that person’s heart. Our Jesus calls us to a life of commitment beyond our self, beyond others even, our commitment is from and to heaven.


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