Jesus has so much to show us and teach us! All we have to do is avail ourselves to Him.
3 Indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding…(6) the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Yesterday, we talked about one passage that speaks of great patience and endurance that sums up the Christian’s life in Christ. It is Colossians 1:9-14,
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
- we have not stopped praying for you– praying continuously speaks of an ongoing relationship with Christ. We all can have this type of relationship if we will ask Him about everything. There is nothing too small that He does not want to talk about it.
- fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives– His will is ongoing and is a synthesis of what He wants and what we want. He gave us Choice so that we can create together new ideas, acts of kindness, art, music, discoveries and more as we grow in wisdom and understanding, which comes from us relating to the Spirit.
- so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way– Being worthy of the Lord is a human perspective. We have nothing to prove to God; He knows us inside and out, our past and our future–yet, He loves us profoundly! The word, “please,” can also be interpreted, “delight.” We are a delight to our Lord! Let’s remember that.
- bearing fruit in every good work– Our work is to believe (trust) and obey. As we do, the fruit of the Spirit are grown in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control, truth and righteousness.
- growing in the knowledge of God– This is what life is all about. We will grow until our time on earth is over. Then we shall “know fully, even as we are fully known” by Him (1 Corinthians 13:12).
- being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience– The Spirit is our dynamo, our power to be obedient. Our endurance and patience are grown through practice. In this, we can be just like Jesus.
- giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light– What qualified us? Christ’s finished work on the cross. His mercy now extends to both Jew and Gentile! I love the title, “Kingdom of light.” Jesus is the light of heaven that came into our world to share that light with us. Let’s be light-bearers for Him and share His light with others.
- For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves– This phrase is a description of what Jesus accomplished on the cross. From then on, it’s just a matter of people allowing Him to heal them, dress them, and seal them for eternity.
- in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins– Jesus is our redemption. In Him, everyone has forgiveness of sins. Showing people how to appropriate that forgiveness in their lives is what we are all about.
This passage describes the Christian’s life as he walks with Christ daily. We help each other and “encourage one another–and all the more as we see the Day [of His return] approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).
Abba, realizing what You accomplished for us on the cross is a constant revelation as we turn that diamond a little each day to see a different pane. Whether it’s in someone’s teaching, our own study, a word from You, or through someone else, we learn something new about You and Your awesomeness. You are amazing, Lord! Amen.