We have a couple of weeks to go with the sermon series “A New Spirit.” We have been thinking about God’s spiritual gifts and what to do with them. We have thought about gratitude, peace, hope, and compassion. This weekend we will focus on growth.
I know that there are questions about the author of Colossians, but for our purposes let’s call him “Paul.” The Apostle Paul recognized that just as there is a maturing process in life, there is also a maturing process in faith and spiritual growth. This is a common theme in many of his letters.
Do you recall some of his words? “I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready.” Do you remember the eloquent images in I Corinthians 13? “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.”
In Colossians 1, Paul addresses this theme of growing in faith and spiritual maturation. Although we are reading “somebody else’s mail,” it is my hope that we will be able to discern some of the important qualities and characteristics of the Christian faith. As we embrace these virtues, we will provide fertile ground for spiritual growth to take place.