Colossians 1:9-10a gives us some insight into the heart of the Apostle Paul. He is being intentional with his prayers for the Colossian Christians as he has something specific in mind. “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him:” It is totally in Paul’s mind and on his heart that the Colossian Christians live lives that are worthy of their calling as servants of Jesus Christ and that their lives would be pleasing to Him. To achieve a life that is worthy and pleasing to God one must have a knowledge of God’s will and an understanding of spiritual things.
How does one achieve such things? Scriptures tell us to seek to know God. Jobsaid in Job 5:8 “As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause,” Psalm 14:2 “The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.” Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Knowing God and what He desires of us, helps in discerning God’s will for our lives. That means knowing and following His commandments,1 John 5:2 “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.” We also must seek to abide in Him, John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” Paul knew that a walk without Jesus is futile and will accomplish nothing. So he encourages them and us to keep abiding in Jesus, to draw near to Him, to be steeped and guided by prayer, to stay in God’s Word and above all else seek to know Him more each day.
Because Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead, I can know and understand the things of God with spiritual wisdom which helps me to walk daily in a way that pleases Him.
Psalm 103:13 “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.”
Proverbs 23:24 “The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.”
Sunday is Father’s Day and it’s approach has caused me to think reflectively about my earthly father, Henry Beecher Chrisp. He was a loving father, but demanded that we behave well, work hard, show respect and not give up easily. He loved to work with his hands building things and to hunt and fish. Dad loved the outdoors by cultivating flowers, growing a vegetable garden or simply taking a hike or ride through the forest. He had a deep faith in God. He showed me God, the Father, through his compassion and love for me. Dad was always one to love what we did and took pride in our accomplishments.
I hope your own father reminds you of God, the Father, in some personal way. I felt blessed and fortunate to have a father who loved me and wanted the best for me. I know all earthly fathers are not like that. Fortunately, we all have a perfect Heavenly Father we can look up to and depend upon. He will always be there for us and promises to never leave us or forsake us. Our actions of kindness, love, justice and mercy towards others pleases Our Heavenly Father. May we live to please Him each day.
Have a blessed Father’s Day filled with good memories or activities with your father.
Paul begins Ephesian Chapter 5:1-2 having arrived at a conclusion as to how believers in Jesus should act. “Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.” He exhorts us to imitate God. What does that mean to you? Think of God’s attributes and consider the ones that He desires we have – like being forgiving, loving, kind, gentle, compassionate, thankful, pure, holy, …. God desires that we follow Christ’s example and imitate Him because He dearly loves us and we are His children. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross pleased God as it redeemed all mankind from death and enabled us to come before Him. Because Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead, we can be imitators of Jesus and have lives filled with love.
Where do you need to imitate Christ in your life? With your family, at work or school, on committees or groups you belong to?? Living a life of authentic Christianity is a call to sacrifice, humility and openness before God. I love Philippians 1:6 because it assures me that I am not in this struggle to live for Christ alone, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”Philippians 4:19 assures me that He has what I need to live for Him, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” We can have hope that God will finish what He started in us when we became believers. He always completes what He starts! We can do this because God has the resources for all our needs. We just need to ask and be willing to serve Him. Be imitators of Christ today and experience His love in your life.