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 1:9b-10
Paul the apostle opened his letter to the Colossian church with praise for their acceptance of the good news of Jesus and how they were reputed as being godly people. One thing he instructed them on was to get to know God better and better. The reason being was that they would grow more in the LORD as they did so. Paul made it clear to them that he prayed asking for them to have a complete knowledge of God’s will and for him to give the Colossians spiritual wisdom and understanding.
Paul quoted, elsewhere, an OT prophet in that God’s people perish for lack of knowledge (and another prophet stated they perish for lack of vision). When we don’t know what God wants us to do, we tend to stumble and stray away from his calling and his mission of reaching the world with the Good News of Jesus! The basic plan for every disciple of Jesus is the Great Commission:
- Part 1 (Matthew 28:19-20) Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.
- Part 2 (Mark 16:15) Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.
- Part 3 (Acts 1:8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
When we know what God wants for us and has for us to do, then we can prepare and arm ourselves to do the very thing he’s called us to do. We will also know how to defend ourselves against enemy attacks and to avoid falling into temptation. We will know how to encourage, equip, and exhort other believers. We will know how to do the right thing while avoiding the wrong ones. Without God’s knowledge, understanding, and wisdom in our lives, we are like sheep headed for a slaughter by ravenous wolves chasing us down or like a lion stalking about looking for an easy prey to pick off.
David made reference to this idea in Psalm 119:11 when he said that he’d hidden God’s word in his heart that he might not sin against God. Know > Learn > Grow! It is not a hard process. We make it complicated. The Word teaches us that faith come by hearing God’s word (Romans 10:17), but James the apostle clarified this idea and told us that faith without works is dead (James 2:26), which upholds the words of James that we are to be doers of God’s Word not just hearers (James 1:22)! Those who the word of God and do nothing with it, simply put, are sinning! He who knows to do right but doesn’t do it, to him it is sin (James 4:17)! Just saying!
Father, thanks for loving me and making me who I am; however, I ask you to forgive me the times I’ve known to do right and not done it for various reasons. Help me to always know your will for me and what it is you’d have me to do daily. We are to live our your mission in the earth, the Missio Dei, but we too often sin in that we don’t fulfill the Great Commission of preaching the gospel to all people and then making them into baptized disciples, who have learned all that you taught the apostles. Help us to do better. There is no excuse for our apathy, inaction, or lackadaisical attitudes. We are at your mercy; nevertheless, not our will but yours be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.