This week I started the above study on Colossians. I love the epistles and it’s free 🙂 Besides, the Hello Morning groups are just wonderful to join. Paul’s epistles have much to say about spiritual growth.
Paul prayed for the people of his time but the beauty of God’s Word is that it is just as much a prayer for us today …..
So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. (Colossians 1:9-10, NLT)
Here we see that Paul prayed for others to gain a complete knowledge of God’s will, for God to give them spiritual wisdom and spiritual understanding. And Paul tells us exactly the outcome obtaining these three things will bear on our lives:
- Our lives will honor and please the Lord. As we grow in knowledge and wisdom and understanding, we will know the path our life is to take. We will have lives which are purposeful, bringing Him honor.
- Our lives would produce every kind of good fruit. I loved this! Our lives would not just bear fruit but every kind of good fruit. Good things would come from our lives.
- Our lives would continue to grow. It is a cycle – knowing God–> lives that honor Him–> good fruit –> our lives continue to grow.
When we remain stagnate in our relationship with Him, we cease bearing fruit. As our lives are changed we will bear fruit personally, having an affect on those around us.
It’s the start of a new year. No better time than now in which to set a cycle in motion in our lives. No better time than the present to begin to let God change us.
This morning as I read these verses in Colossians, I was reminded of Mr. Rogers who said this:
Who you are inside is what helps you make and do everything in life.