Reflection – 2018
“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” Colossians 1:9-10, 12 NKJV
To be as pleasing and fruitful as God desires, we need to be very intentional in living for Jesus every day. How can we make our homes, work areas and spheres of influence, a place where it is evident that we love God and live for Him? How can we live lives that are evidently fruitful and overflowing with God’s love?
We can build an environment that is conducive for others to grow, develop and become fruitful in God’s service. Bringing the presence and fragrance of God’s love wherever we go exemplifies a life which is connected to the Vine. The loving warmth and sincerity you bring to all relationships will bless those around you. Love and trust the people you lead. Let them feel God’s love, security and acceptance. When we allow others around us to feel that they are not judged but are accepted, loved, appreciated, acknowledged and trusted, they will respond by giving the best they can.
Pray that each member of your team may be of one mind. Do not be critical and judgemental. God commands us to speak the truth in love, so treat each person as Jesus would. He accepts us as we are but that love does not mean He will leave us where we are. His love will transform and change us to be what He wants us to be!
Create an environment where others feel secure, safe and appreciated, as they are in the process of growing to be like Jesus. Trust God to give us, as leaders, the wisdom and patience to guide others to give of their best. As we continue to abide in the Vine, Jesus, we will be able to call forth from each one their best and build that healthy environment one needs to grow and lead like Jesus. We must speak kindly, and lovingly, show respect for each other and prayerfully work together. We will surely bring the presence of God into each life and this will be evident in the joy and happiness we will all experience. We will together be blessed with much fruitfulness and overflow with God’s love.