Thus far, we see the process of Christian maturity begin with faith in Christ (Col.1:4), leading to knowledge of God’s will (1:9) which is to change the way we live (1:10) as we purpose to fulfill our new goal of pleasing God (1:10), consequently producing positive changes in our life referred to as “bearing fruit in every good work” (1:10). At this point, we are prepared to increase in the knowledge of God and, in a sense, prepare to repeat this cycle. It is significant to note that Christian growth involves, both, knowledge and obedient action.
Strengthened with all Power
As our maturity level increases, so will our responsibilities and duties. The principle that being faithful with little leads to being faithful with much indicates that more responsibility is given to those who demonstrate that they can handle previous levels of responsibility. With this increase comes more pressure and more challenge. In God’s wisdom and love, He provides more grace accordingly. In this passage, that grace is referred to as power. This power is a manifestation of His glorious might. It would seem that such power would be quite sufficient to strengthen us for any task we need to address in our effort to do His will and see His kingdom come (Mt.6:10). Similarly, God revealed to Paul that in the midst of our struggles, His grace is sufficient (2 Co.12:7-10).
It is too often the case that, when potentially facing challenges, we back down because we a not confident in our own capacity. It is, however, a reoccurring theme in Scripture, that we are to learn to receive and employ a power from on high. Though often quoted and preached upon, it is sometimes questionable whether our actions prove that we truly believe that, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Phil.4:13). Recognizing that this has reference to serving God and doing His will, we are not to make “all things” reflect various foolish inanities of our creative preference.
Knowing that the harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few, we must pray, along with Paul, that mature laborers who are strengthened with God’s power rise up and enter the fields. If not, the enemy will sow tares in the field, making the task increasingly complicated.
“Who will stand (rise – KJV) up for me against evildoers? Who will take his stand for me against those who do wickedness?” (Ps.94:16)