I love a good, slightly over-ripened tomato that’s been warmed by the sun. My grandmother used to put unripened tomatoes on a shelf in front of a window to let them sun-ripen. When they were perfectly ripe, we’d devour them. Mmmmm… A few times she forgot about them and they’d over-ripen and begin to rot. What a waste! Those tomatoes were robbed of their joy of becoming a savory treat!
And we pray this in order that you
may live a life worthy of the Lord
and may please him in every way:
bearing fruit in every good work,
growing in the knowledge of God
(emphasis added, Verse 10 of Colossians 1:3-14)
This is verse 10, of a larger passage which I encourage you to read for context. But let me summarize.
Paul has heard about the zeal and fervor of the people in this church. It excites him, and he encourages them by telling them that he’s been praying for them – specifically how their personal & corporate spiritual growth will cause a spiritual revolution in the people they encounter. In other words, he wants their enthusiasm about their relationship with God to spill out, causing more people to know Christ.
I think we all have a built-in desire to matter. We want what we are doing to have significance. I do. But, I want to get past that struggle. I want to move past the question, “do I matter?” which is a question about me, to “does my life count,” which is a question of others.
The answer to the first question ought to have been answered by the cross. Jesus gave his life for me – he did not die for nothing. In light of God’s grace, I matter.
The answer to the second question is yet to be answered. Will I let what Jesus did for me “count?” Will I let Him bear fruit through me – or am I content only to continue to sit in the sun and ripen on a shelf.
What about you? You already matter – will you make it count?
— in His grip…