"I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself.”
We get so caught up in trying to figure out God's plan for our lives when all He really wants is our love and us to know Jesus. When we surrender and open our heart to have that relationship we start to know Him, then as we continue to know Him we become more and more like Him. In Christ we have eternal life. He bridges the gap to the Father in heaven, we must know Him and accept (believe) who He is. In verse 3 we are told, “In Him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
The change comes from God working in us to transform us to the new creations that we are. As we grow and get to know Jesus our change becomes evident and the world doesn't look right to us any longer. The wisdom and knowledge we get is from Jesus because we are putting the time in to know Him. This time is never wasted, it is always blessed so that we can be who God created us to be. In Galatians chapter 6 verse 5 it says, “For we are each responsible for our own conduct.” It's not up to our pastor or the church, they help us but we have to know Him and realize we have a choice and responsibility to co-labor with Christ.
We never want to take responsibility for what happens to us, but we need to step up and take the bull by the horns and keep growing in our relationship and see how our faith is perfected the more we know Him. I love Colossians chapter 2 verse 7 which says, “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.” We can never feel like we know it all, our relationship with Him needs to be daily and then our hearts will be full so we can live out God's plan which is for us to be like Jesus. Amen