Some parts of the Bible are difficult to understand, and it takes a good teacher or some resources to help figure it out. Other parts are easy to understand but may be challenging to implement. Today’s passage falls under that category. Paul gives his readers some practical advice that is easy to comprehend but a challenge to live daily. If you dig a little deeper, you will see some keys to help.
“so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
The first part of Colossians is Paul praying for a church he has never met. In a way, it really shows his pastoral heart. He is writing this letter to encourage them in the faith. The church was started by two guys who were with Paul in Ephesus, and they went back home and started a church. It is doing so well that Paul has heard about their good works and wants them to continue. He prays that they will glorify God in their lives, bear fruit from their good works, and increase in knowledge. Practical advice we all should follow.
Are you bearing fruit from your good works? I think you’d be surprised how many good works are more for the person doing them than the one receiving. Those receive their rewards on earth. Good works are supposed to be a response from the leading of the Holy Spirit, speaking to your heart to do something that will minister to the person and glorify God. Anything else for the warm fuzzies.
Your daily life is often called a walk by Paul. Each day should be a step in the right direction. That happens when we are increasing in the knowledge of God. Not just information, but truly knowing Jesus. As you discover the riches and depth of your loving savior, it draws you in closer. That, in turn, directs your steps and leads to opportunities to serve. Fill your heart with the Word of God and set your mind on the things above.