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Paul wasn’t easily satisfied. It wasn’t enough for him to see people come to Jesus. It wasn’t enough for him to see people going to church.

Paul knew there was much more to the Christian life than these things. In today’s Bible reading, he tells us that he has prayed — and he will continue to pray — that the Christians in Colossae would grow to full spiritual maturity.

Full spiritual maturity is more than activity. It is more than doing. Full spiritual maturity is developing godliness in one’s life. Don’t believe me? Read back over today’s scheduled reading in Colossians 1, especially verses 9-14 and 24-29. Note how frequently Paul uses the word or concepts of all, fullness, completion, and maturity,

Application

Yes, the key word in the Gospel Message is DONE! We don’t have to do anything to receive the Gospel Message, to be saved, and to be securely and eternally sealed in Christ unto the Day of Salvation.

But Paul knew that you would need to grow. Do you know that you need to grow? Or are you content with knowing God just a little? Are you content in your relationship with God? Are you content with keeping God at a distance?

Or do you want to know God more every day? Do you want to become more holy in your behavior? Do you want to grow in intimacy with your Creator, your Father, your friend?

I pray that you would seek God with all that you are. That is His will for you in Christ Jesus. Seek Him and don’t stop seeking Him until you would “be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and 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, joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light.” (Colossians 1:9b–12, CSB)

This devotional was originally published June 20, 2019.

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