June 25, 2018 – Pleasing The Lord

Colossians 1:10 – that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Why did the Apostle Paul want the Colossians to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will? Was it so they might become mighty preachers or sensational teachers? Was it so they might attract large followings to themselves, as the Gnostics sought to do? No, the true purpose of spiritual wisdom and understanding is to enable Christians to walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him. Here you have a very important lesson on the subject of guidance. God does not reveal His will to you in order to satisfy your curiosity. Neither is it intended to cater to your ambition or pride. Rather the Lord shows you His will for your life in order that you might please Him in all that you do. Being fruitful in every good work. Here is a helpful reminder that although you are not saved BY good works, you most certainly are saved FOR good works. We learn in Ephesians 2:10 that “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” Not only did Paul want them to bear fruit in every good work, but also to increase in the knowledge of God. How is this done? First, it is done through the diligent study of God’s word. Secondly, it is found in obeying His teachings and serving Him faithfully.

Challenge:

Have you been living your life in a way that pleases the Lord? Have your actions lined up with how God would want you to act? Do you believe your life is under the control of the Holy Spirit? When your mind is able to be influenced by God your actions will follow. The challenge for you this week is to be pleasing to the Lord in everything you do. From the moment you wake up each day, make a conscientious effort to put God first. Thank Him for the new day ahead of you and the opportunities before you. Ask Him to equip you for the events of the day and be with you every step of the way. Throughout your day invite the presence of God to be evident in everything you do and in the ways you communicate with others. Take time to read the word and meditate on the things you discover in the scriptures. At the close of your day be grateful for what He has done in you and through you. Consider journaling the events of the day and how much you accomplished with the Lord by your side. These things will most definitely please your Father in heaven and you will be enriched by doing them. God bless you.

Have a godly week,
Pastor Rob
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