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Knit Together in Love

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. — Colossians 2:1–3 ESV

I can honestly say, there is nothing worse in college to me than working on team projects. I have never been a part of a college team project that I enjoyed. The reason I find team projects so challenging is that there are several different people involved, most of the time with nothing in common, trying to compile their ideas and opinions about a particular subject and make it cohesive. The only way this ever works well is if the entire team has the same ideas and opinions, or if the team can somehow agree on one idea or opinion to use—which hasn’t usually been the outcome.

What usually ends up happening is that the team pieces together their differing ideas in the best ways they can. Rarely have I left a team project having gained any knowledge other than the knowledge that team projects, in my experience, are generally awful.

In some ways, we can see this same issue in our daily relationships and interactions with people. It is easy to work with people that have the same ideas as we do or who share common opinions; however, it is more difficult when these things differ.

In his letter to the Colossian church, Paul spoke of his desire for these believers to have a full understanding and knowledge of the mystery of God, which is Jesus. This is what we too should strive for in our own lives. Paul knew that in order for the church to fully learn the knowledge of Christ, they would have to be unified.

One of the worst conditions for learning or working together as a group is when there is discord amongst the learners. But when we have a love for other believers, we can come together and learn and work together toward a common goal. Our focus as the body must be unified and must be on Christ.

In life, there are some people that we are more prone to connect with and some people that we perhaps find it harder to connect with. So, the question is, how do we achieve this unity? It is something that we must ask God to do for us, and something we allow God to do with us.

In Colossians, we see that Paul prayed for it. He uses the term “knit together.” In the process of knitting, a person weaves the yarn, sometimes in different types and colors, to skillfully create something beautiful. We should be flexible to God’s weaving in our lives, allowing him to intersect our lives with those of other believers, even when the threads don’t really match. God is working on a bigger picture, one we can’t see, as our lives are being intertwined.

My prayer is that we will all be flexible as God weaves and intersects our lives for His good purposes and glory.

 

This staff devotional was written by Shannon Stephens, Administrative Assistant to Accounting and Finance in Birmingham.

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