When a baby takes that first step, it’s a natural thing that happens as they grow and mature. But don’t tell that to Dad, who just posted videos of Sally’s first steps. He’s over the moon with excitement.
When a new believer begins to change as the Spirit of Jesus grows and develops within them, their friends who first told them about Jesus tend to get just as excited. Because those baby steps, those changes they see, confirm the new life that has taken hold. It’s like watching baby steps. Jesus called those changes “bearing fruit.”
Paul saw love emerging from the new Christians in Colossae and he couldn’t stop thanking God for them (see the previous post: The Love Test). Then he says this:
“…In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.” – (Colossians 1:6b)
End of story? Hardly. Paul, just like Sally’s dad, cheers them on, excitedly anticipating where this new growth will take them. He says:
“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” – (Colossians 1:9-12)
Seems like Paul is stumbling over his words in his excitement. He prays for all the stuff that emerges in the new life of believers as the Spirit fills them and naturally gives them new dance moves in rhythm with God.
But then, that’s what dads do. they just can’t contain the excitement when they see those first new steps. Happy Father’s Day, y’all.