I love Paul's heart for believers to understand everything that comes with Jesus being Lord and Savior. As we grow in Christian love we become knit together serving for the same purpose, that is Jesus. And we are able to gain the wisdom and knowledge to keep us focused on Him. If the entire plan is Jesus Christ Himself then we have to know Him so much that we can act like Him. The more we learn and grow the more the Holy Spirit fills our heart and leads us to see how to live like Jesus. In Colossians chapter 2 verses 6-7 it says, "And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow Him. Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness." This is how we grow and deal with the world that is around us trying to keep us stuck in our own pleasures and fears.
Being in Christ is knowing Him and when we know Him our lives change. In verse 10 it says, "So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority." We are complete because of our union with Christ, not because we know Him but still try and do life on our own. We unite and we surrender our will and then the Holy Spirit fills us and shows us the truth. In John chapter 10 verse 13 it says, "The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep." When we aren't in union with Christ it is easier for us to run away, but when our roots grow deep we are thankful and we do what the Holy Spirit is telling us. And our faith matures so we are not moved so easily by the world and the lies it tries to have us believe.
We need to long for and desire God's will which as it says at the end of Romans chapter 12 verse 2, "...is good and pleasing and perfect." We need to stay connected and let what Jesus is showing us be what we crave and continue to seek His will so we grow and fulfill the ministry God has for us. Amen