‘Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.’ Romans 12:2b
We would think it strange if we received a letter from someone beginning with thanksgiving. Yet Paul’s letters always begin with praise and thanksgiving. Would our letters not be more constructive too if we started them by giving thanks to the Lord, even though we do not explicitly put it down in writing?
Paul felt there was much reason to thank God for the church in Colossae.
Everywhere people were talking about this church and Paul had heard it. The talk was not about tremendous activities they undertook or about great offerings they gave for church-building or missionary work. The talk was about their faith in Christ Jesus and the love they had for all God’s people which sprang from the hope they had (:4,5). Faith, hope, and love are mentioned here, three important pillars of the Church of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 13).
O, what a blessing it would be if - when someone talked about our church - people in the neighborhood would mention these three important issues! For indeed, Jesus has said Himself that by our love for one another all men will know we are His disciples (John 13:35).
Because the foundation of the church in Colossae was evidently sound, Paul now had the courage to pray for them, asking God to fill them with the knowledge of His will and thereby growing in the knowledge of God.
If we start to truly obey God’s will, based on our understanding of His will through scripture, then our thinking will certainly be transformed by the renewal of our mind and become healthy. If we do so, God will reveal Himself to us, so that we come to know Him in such a way that we start loving Him and one another!