3 In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel 6 that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God. 7 This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant.[b] He is a faithful minister of Christ on your[c] behalf, 8 and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
It’s going to be short tonight– I’ve finished up my last session of the theology course I’ve been teaching, and I’m dead tired. What hits me about this thanksgiving section in Colossians is the phrase in verse 7: the gospel has been bearing fruit among them from the day they heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God.
Short and sweet: I wonder if one of the big reasons the church is tending not to bear much fruit these days (though defining “fruit” NOT primarily along numerical lines is a good thing) is that we really aren’t truly comprehending what grace means. I wonder if we had a more mature idea of grace if we’d bear a lot more fruit…
Food for thought…