By Marni Montanez
Colossians 1:10 New King James Version
10. that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God
How is one to walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him and be fruitful in every good work?
The answer is in the last line of the verse; by increasing our knowledge of God.
The more we know Him, not just about Him, the more we understand what it takes to please Him.
To walk worthy of the Lord is to love Him with all abandon so that we consistently set our thoughts and hearts toward Him. This in itself is pleasing to the Lord. In His word, God tells us what we need to know about pleasing Him. Hebrews 11:6 says, with faith we can please God. In Galatians 1:10, the writer is challenging others as he asks the question, “Should I please people or God?”
There are many verses that instruct us in ways that please God and none of these ways are impossible.
God does not require us to do anything that He Himself is not willing to walk us through or give us the grace and strength to do.
Being fruitful is accomplished through our obedience. The fruit produced by obedience is the healthy good fruit. All other fruit is produced by our own effort and what He calls “filthy rags.”
God is already pleased with His creation. To Him all that He made is good and His is the one opinion that matters over all. God gave Himself for us. He has devoted Himself to us and we can do no less. It is our call and our duty to live for our Lord. Anything else is substandard and offensive.
Increasing in the knowledge of God happens as we spend time with Him: in His word and in His presence. It is impossible to know someone intimately without investing time and energy into the relationship. God created us to be relational; especially with Him. It can be difficult knowing how to have a relationship with a God whom you cannot see, but it can be done. Our relationship with God is a spiritual one. It’s a discernment or knowing inside that He is near. It says in His word that God is Spirit. He is a Spirit who wants to communicate to our spirit. At times He can and does manifest to us in the Physical but more often He speaks to our spirit man or spirit.
Challenge: Increase in your knowledge of God. Ask Him questions in your alone time. Seek who He is by learning of His attributes and character revealed in His word. Ask God to speak to you in ways that reveal who He is. The more you spend time with God, the more you will want to.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.