This week begins several weeks of stand-alone messages, along with daily devotionals, so be sure to check back daily. If these devotionals have had an impact on you, we would love for you to share them with your friends.
Exhibiting the Life of Jesus
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:9-10
Salvation is not earned, but it requires effort to exhibit the life of the Son of God through our life. Seeing Jesus in our thinking, feelings, and decisions, submitting to the will and the work of God is always the desired outcome of our discipleship.
Wherever irritability, stubbornness, complaining or dictating exists there must be a readiness to identify with the sanctifying work of Jesus. The very lack of change makes our salvation a lie.
There is a standard of living expected from our Lord. The goals are the same for every believer. Paul was not afraid of asking specifically in prayer three different requests that inevitably transforms the life of every disciple.
First, we should pray that God will fill us with the knowledge of His will. In other words, we should ask God to help us understand what He wants us to do. It is important that we understand God’s Word so that God can use it to increase our knowledge of Him.
Second, we should pray that we will live a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him. Does our behavior reflect the Father to others? When we represent the Father in a way that honors Him, that is a life worthy of the Lord. Our chief aim should be to please God. Walking with God by faith is a life that pleases God.
Third, we are to pray so that we will bear fruit in every good work. The fruit is the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. As we walk with God, growing in the knowledge of Him, the fruit of the Spirit will be a natural byproduct of our relationship with Him.
Take some time to pray through these three requests, as you pray, pay attention to where the Spirit is at work in you.