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.
It is quite notable to me that Paul is contending strongly for people he has not even met yet.
And it is because of his clear goal for all people no matter who they are. No matter whether he knows them or not. His goal is simple – that they “may be encouraged in heart and united in love having the full riches of complete understanding” of who Jesus Christ is.
I’m inspired and challenged. Do I have such a universal goal for all people I engage with, no matter who they are? No matter my history with them or not?
Paul’s goal for any person he met or had the chance of meeting was the same, and enduring. And it evoked strong and sustaining energy in him and his efforts. Is there a higher calling for me as a follower of Jesus?
Lord, empower me to live this goal, consistently and intentionally, towards all I know and meet! Amen.
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh