“because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” (Heb 12:6 NIV)
Each Christian is enlisted in God’s training program. God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in His holiness. Out of His love, God chastens us as parents discipline children for their own good. God has His purpose in chastising us. Therefore, we ought to endure hardship and suffering as discipline.
“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” (John 10:9)
In the book of John, Jesus claims to be the door of the sheep (10:7) and later on, the good shepherd (10:11). Jesus uses the metaphor of the door of the sheepfold to convey that He is the only door by which we may enter into God’s sanctuary and be saved. Once we believe in Jesus Christ, we enter the door of salvation and embark on a journey of faith. For the rest of our lives, we live with the hope that when we come to the end, we shall enter heaven to be with God forever. Jesus is the one and only door. The “only” door means we can receive eternal life through Jesus Christ and Him alone.
We all want to find someone who truly understands us. We put our burdens and worries before God in prayer, asking Lord Jesus to understand us and to be our spiritual friend. Indeed, God is more than willing to listen to all of these things and to abide with us. However, Paul reminds us that if we only pray to be understood by Him, we would be missing something even greater, which is knowing God Himself.
“[W]e also […] do not cease to pray for you…that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (Col 1:9-10)
Paul prayed for the believers of Colosse to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. The purpose of this knowledge is so that they can walk worthy of the Lord, be fully pleasing to Him, and be fruitful in every good work. Knowledge of the Bible is not meant to remain merely as such; it is supposed to be manifested in how we live our everyday lives. Is our life worthy of the sacrifice Jesus made?
“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” (Isa 59:1-2)