2 I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. 5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is. 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
The apostle Paul was such a big picture thinker with an eternal mindset. In his letters he is continually praying for people and looking for ways to encourage believers in many different countries- many of whom he had never even met, as he states here.
Paul probably had no idea that 2,000 years later people would still be reading his letters and being inspired by his zeal for reaching people with Christ’s love.
I want to be like that- to have a big picture, eternal view on life. To be passionate about encouraging people in their faith. To leave an eternal legacy of a life lived on a mission.
Some days I feel like I’m in this zone and other times I feel like I am caught up in temporal pursuits. But I do find that pushing myself to take up challenges (like writing blogs for Daily Digest, for instance) helps me to focus in the right direction.
Is there an area that you need to step out in that will stretch your faith and help you have that Kingdom focus? Let’s take inspiration from Paul and go after eternal goals!
Written by Shelley Witt