For the 2021–2022 ministry year, the main focus for our united worldwide endeavor is Our Hearts Knit Together in Love. The benefits to us personally and as a believing household will be great as we study aspects of Colossians 2:2 and 3.
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
In whom [In which, the Mystery] are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
God’s vision is that our hearts are encouraged and knit together in love to the end that our understanding is enriched regarding the great mystery. This expanded translation of verse 2 from Order My Steps in Thy Word beautifully illuminates this verse.
Colossians 2:2 [Expanded Translation according to Biblical Usage]:
We have this care for people so that their hearts might be comforted and encouraged, being united with one mind in one spirit for the glory of God by the manifested love of God which has been shed forth in our hearts by holy spirit, to the end that we altogether utilize, with full conviction, what we have learned by carefully listening to and thoughtfully reflecting upon the Word of God, with the ultimate goal of absolutely knowing the Mystery of God (Who is our Father) and of Christ (who is the head of the Church).
The inspiration for our art glass poster is that God, as the Master Artist (represented by the largest, golden heart), lovingly shapes and fits each individual piece of glass, welding it perfectly within the frame as He sees fit. Together these pieces are fashioned into an object whose beauty as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts. God, the ultimate Light Source, shines brilliantly through each part. Altogether they produce a glorious display of color and light that manifests the love of God.
No matter where we live across the globe or how we serve this ministry year, with our hearts knit together in love, united with one mind, in one spirit for the glory of God, we can expect to spiritually abound in life. Together we can reach for that ultimate goal of absolutely knowing the Mystery and showing forth our full potential in Christ as members in particular.
As we grow in knowledge and understanding together, we will become more fully persuaded of our heavenly position in Christ. God will be working mightily within all of us as we take the truths of the Mystery and His mighty Word over the world!