Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Never my will ... always yours

In order to live a life worthy of the Lord, we must know His will. A life lived for God is a life lived, not to accomplish our desires, but instead to fulfill His desires and purpose. And we need to grow in our wisdom and understanding of His will. How do we do this? By a steady and consistent diet of truth found in His Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Paul points out some of the characteristics of a life that is worthy to be called a follower of Christ and that is pleasing to God: producing good fruit (what we do matters), growing in knowledge of Him (maturing), being filled with His power, and giving thanks to God. Are these characteristic found in abundance in my life? May it always be so.

In verse 13, Paul underscores why living this kind of life is expected and possible. It is because we have been rescued and invited into His kingdom. We can love God by living for Him because He first loved us, died for us, and redeemed us.

God, fill me with the knowledge of your will through spiritual wisdom and understanding. I want my desires to be your desires. I want my will to be your will. And I want my actions, the way I live, to reflect your character. I want to bear only good fruit. I want your power and grace to be evident in all areas of my life. I want to live totally out of you and not out of my own strength. Thank you for calling me to you while I was far from you. May I continue to daily grow closer to you and never retreat. May my eyes and my heart never wander from my first love - you.

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. – Colossians 1:9-13

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