Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Collosians 1:9-14 --- Rescued!

9For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Paul is praying that the faithful Christians at Colosse, who he has not personally met, would be filled with knowledge of God’s will so that they will live a Godly life, produce good fruit and glorify God. And this should be our prayers for ourselves. All of this because of what Christ has done for us. It is all rooted in the fact that Christ has rescued us. Because of what Christ has done for us, we are now to live a life that is pleasing, obedient, and productive for God and his kingdom. Because we are forgiven we will want to serve God with everything in us. The more we know God’s will and are rooted in who he is and what he has done for us, the more we will serve him and produce good fruit. God will give us the strength to serve him and even fill us with peace, joy, and thanksgiving as we stop living for ourselves and instead serve him with all that we are. This should drive us to a desire, no an urgent need, to know God; to be in his Word; to seek his will in every area of our lives.

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