“We pray that you’ll live well for the Master,
making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard.
As you learn more and more how God works,
you will learn how to do your work.”
from Colossians 1:9-14 (The Message)
“I wanna have pride like my mother has
And not like the kind in the bible that turns you bad.”
The Avett Brothers
The sweet squish of juice as you bite into a tomato you grew in your garden. The ache in your thighs after running that mile just a bit faster than last time. The sigh of relief when the last customer is served at a busy dinner service.
When pride is discussed in some Christian circles, it’s usually with a negative connotation, but pride is just an emotion. And like any other emotion, it can come in good, helpful, constructive forms or in bad, hurtful, destructive forms. But as you read Colossians 1:9-14 today, you can almost feel the writer beaming with pride as they describe how they feel after being told about the good work of the Christian community in Colossi.
We’re given very little information about why the author is so proud of this particular group of faithful neighbors, but this section lays the mold for why a Christian ought to be proud. We are proud because we have been adopted into the holy family and made co-inheritors with our brother Jesus Christ. We are proud because the mistakes and circumstances of our past are not what define us, and we are now free to do kingdom work; feeding the hungry, giving water to the thirsty, clothing the naked, comforting the sick and imprisoned, working towards justice and peace.
Be proud of who you are in Christ today.
by Devin Gardner
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As you go about your day, keep your eyes open.
What does “Proud” look like to you?
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