Scripture: Colossians 1:9–14
Key verse: (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
Reflection: Moving from thanksgiving for their faith, love, and hope, Paul employs another trio of divine blessing in his prayer for the people of Colossae: knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. These are gifts of the Spirit. Unfortunately, when we hear terms in verse ten such as living “worthy of the Lord” or live to “please [God] in every way” or “in every good work” we tend to regard such actions as if we can achieve God’s favor in works righteousness. This is not the case. What the author is saying here is that knowledge of God and God’s will through wisdom and understanding empowers us to then live a life that is pleasing to God and reflects God’s will. We live a life “worthy of the Lord” because we are attuned to God’s will.
This is all divine initiative. God loves us; we then love because of God’s love. God has “qualified you to share in the inheritance” of the holy people of light. We are heirs because of God’s rescue and redemption through the Son. It is not by our own doing or by our own wisdom. By God’s grace we have been moved from the dominion of darkness to the kingdom of the Son where we are forgiven.
I wonder how you are living a life worthy of the Lord in these days. I wonder what good works are bearing fruit in your life and in the lives of those around you. Give thanks to God for such things; it is by God’s initiative that we are able to live.
Prayer: Fill me, O God, with the knowledge of your will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives. Grant that I may live a life worthy of the Lord. You have rescued me form darkness and brought me in to the kingdom of the Son. Thank you. Amen.
Author: Ben Brannan
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].