11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1.11-14, ESV). 
Paul is excited for us, he wants to see us grow in the knowledge of the Lord’s will; having all spiritual wisdom and understanding in our lives. He also wants each of us to walk worthy of our calling and to be pleasing to the Lord, so we will be able to bear fruit for the kingdom of God. Not just any old fruit either, but much fruit, abundant fruit for His kingdom. Just as Jesus said, “if you will abide in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit. The key is to stay in Christ and He will remain within us. Now we might think all this is done by our own power, but this is the farthest thing from the truth, it is by God’s power and might that we are able to complete any task given to us. And, He does it because He loves us and wants to see us succeed. Therefore, we must have endurance and patience to do all He has asked of us, and we must do it with joy in our hearts.
More than this we must be thankful to God for all He has given to us; for what the Father has done and for what the Son has done. What is that you say? Great question, Paul lets us know in these closing verses what the Father and Son have done to earn our thankfulness.
The Father has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. How did He do this, by allowing His One and Only Son to come and die on the cross for our sins. Jesus said, “I Am the light of the world (John 8.12). But we do not like the light, we would rather be in the darkness, because the light shows our wickedness, but the darkness hides it. Jesus came to shine light into the world so our sins could be made know, and forgiven. This is what the light does, the real question is will we accept the light or run back into the darkness (John 3.17-20).
The Father also delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son (vs. 13). Why would He do such a thing? Why would He want people like you and me to be in His kingdom with Him? The answer is because He loved us, more than we might ever know or understand. The Apostle John wrote, “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us” (I John 4.9-12, ESV). God loved us so much, He sent His Son to die on the cross, and redeem us to Himself, so we could become children of God. And not just children of God, but joint heirs with Jesus Christ (Romans 8.17).
Finally, we need to be thankful for what Jesus Christ has done for us. He gave of Himself, freely. He became sin for us, One Who knew no sin (II Corinthians 5.21), and died upon the cross. He bore the shame of the cross (Hebrews 12.2), and shed His blood covering the price for our sins. As Paul said in Romans, “For the wages of sin is death…” there is a price for sin, it is death. This goes all the way back to Adam, when God told him not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. For on the day he did he would surly die (Genesis 2.16-17). This price was both spiritual and physical death. However, no matter what we tried to do we were never going to be able to cover the debt. It required a Perfect sacrifice, with Holy blood, something we could never offer. But Jesus Christ in His great love and compassion said, “I will go, and be the Lamb Who will take away the sins of the world” (John 1.29).
This is what God allowed Jesus Christ His Only Son to do, because of His amazing love, grace and mercy for us. This is why we must be thankful to both God and Jesus Christ for what They have done in our lives. This is why Paul prayed so earnestly for the church at Colossus, and this is why we must pray for each other, and our church today.
Lord God Almighty, thanks for saving my soul and being in my life. I know that no matter what happens You are always there. I thank You for Your Son and His sacrifice at the cross, His shed blood and His resurrection, of which nothing in my life would make any sense. Lord give me the wisdom to be a testimony for You, and the strength to stand in the face of adversity. Help me to remember what Your Son went through and know I to will have only but a fraction of His suffering here on earth, but a lifetime of glory with Him in Heaven. Thank You Lord for all You do in my life and all You will do. All this I pray in Your dear Son, Jesus Christ’s Name, Amen.
 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Col 1:11–14). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Jn 4:9–12). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.