”Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.”
Last verse! Want to grab a cup of tea and join me as we look at this last verse? If you have been keeping up with the challenge to this point, I want to tell you congratulations! And even if you are struggling with memorizing so many verses so quickly, the main reward is the treasure of God’s word in our hearts. Don’t grow discouraged, but stay encouraged and continue pressing on.
God has called us to labor, but not just doing anything we want. God tells us that our labor is to be according to His working, which works mightily in me.
So I ask the question…is it my working or God’s working that we are talking about? I think this verse talks about both. In my work for the Lord, am I doing according to Him and His working or am I just trying to do my own thing and ask Him to bless it?
I am reminded of some verses from last year’s Journey Challenge, John 15:4-5, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
If we are not abiding in Christ, maintaining the vital and intimate connection with Him, even if we are working, it will not be according to Him. We cannot bear fruit in the Christian life apart from Christ!
In today’s verse (Colossians 1:29), Paul talked about how his working was according to Christ’s working in him! Just a couple verses earlier in verse 27, Paul talked about how Christ in us is the mystery. Paul’s desire was for believers to live in a way that showcased the fact that Christ is in them! I think it would be safe for us to assume that Paul’s working, which was according to God’s working, was the result of Paul’s abiding in Christ. God wants us to abide in Him, and the natural outflowing of abiding will be fruit, working that is according to Him!
May we all be those who abide in Christ, allowing His Word to abide in us, and the outflow of our lives be work that is according to His working!