Devotional # 145. 7/13/15. Colossians 1:10.
Intro. Last week we only did one verse and we’re doing it again! In verse 9 (last week) we learned that the hope of heaven (from v. 5) among some other things was a driving factor in Paul and others praying for the church in Colossae. Beyond that they were commended by Paul that they had “knowledge of His will” and the “spiritual wisdom” to use it. This week verse 10 will explain that the “knowledge” will come along with “bearing fruit” and God will determine our walk with Him to be “worthy” which will “fully please Him”.
Verse 10 says, “that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
Let’s break down the phrases to understand a little better:
“that you may walk worthy of the Lord,” Every Christian wants to found “worthy” of the Lord. Let me guess your first question is: should this be looked at legalistically like by how many good things we do for God then He’ll deem us “worthy” of salvation? Or do we say ‘No, I can’t work for salvation so this “worth” is something given by Jesus and since there is nothing I can do to get into heaven I don’t have to do anything’?
The problem is that this has nothing to do with our salvation but instead it has to do with how we live our life. I hope that you’ve matured in the Lord more than to say, ‘Oh, this doesn’t have to do with me going to heaven and it sounds like I’m going to have to do some work, so I won’t really pay much attention.’ Especially because we “owe” God for our salvation (as Paul will say in verse 14).
Do you remember studying Ephesians 4:1 (Devotional 103) where we talked about “walking worthy”? Go ahead and re-read that section in Ephesians. Notice Paul gives us a list of things the Holy Spirit will help us with: being “completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (NIV).
“fully pleasing Him,” Have you been wondering how to please God? Not just ‘partly’ make Him happy but “fully” please Him? Then read the next phrase carefully!
“being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” So the first step in “fully pleasing God” is “being fruitful.” The second thing is to “increase in the knowledge of God”. Obviously the third would be the “wisdom” to use that knowledge (as mentioned in verse 9) but now Paul focuses on the first two.
We talked a little bit last week about “bearing fruit” but let’s talk a little more. I like how Spurgeon reminds us that if we have the ability to preach then we should preach! He asks does a little kid need to be comforted? Then comfort! Do you know a great thing the Lord has done and have an opportunity to share it in front of thousands of people throughout your life? Then do it! Does a poor Christian need a little food? Then give from your table! “Do not select big things as your special line, but glorify the Lord also in the littles – ‘ fruitful in every good work.’ ” (Source 1).
I don’t think we need to go back over the “knowledge” from last week but I do think we should notice that this says that “knowledge” will be “increasing.” It’s not like you get a full upload like “Johnny Pneumonic” or Chuck Bartowski but for the rest of your life it will be “increasing.” That’s hard for me because I like to have the end in sight. I like to have a goal. Knowing when I’ll be done helps me because I want to know when I’ll get time off. All of us to do that whether we’re looking forward to the end of the school term or our next vacation or retirement. But we don’t get time off from spiritual understanding. And you know what? Actually I’m good with that. Because the more that God teaches me the less stressful my life will be and I’ll finally stop making some of the same mistakes!
Conclusion. We’ve covered “bearing fruit” and talked again about “spiritual knowledge.” My hope is that you bear fruit as God gives you opportunities and that and increased reading in the Bible will give you the spiritual knowledge that “wisdom” uses to make good choices and ultimately bear more fruit. So it’s a continuous cycle!
Source 1: Spurgeon (via Guzik), http://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/guzik_david/StudyGuide_Col/Col_1.cfm?a=1108001).