To walk worthy of the Lord is to live a life filled with the knowledge of Him and seeking to please Him with all your heart.
and ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:9b-10)
That you may be filled with the knowledge of His will is a request. The rest of the passage describes its result in the believer’s life. Knowledge alone is never enough. God’s Word must change one’s life and pattern of thinking (Romans 12:2), literally filling the believer’s life and motivating every area of his or her being. Sometimes we fail to live by the will and Word of God because we fall prey to false teachings; others fall through neglect, neither reading the Word nor applying it.
The will of God and the wisdom of God are inseparably linked with saturation in the Word of God. Godly wisdom is gained by studying His Word; spiritual understanding is how His children discern His will. Both wisdom and understanding are gifts of the Spirit (spiritual); they do not come from an unspiritual or “fleshy” mind. Such spiritual knowledge provides insight into God’s will. However, no one can anticipate the will of a stranger. Christians who long to discern the will of God discover it in their growing knowledge of who God is and what He wants.
When I first became a Christian, I was so much in love with Christ and excited about my new discovery. I always desired to please God and live my life for Him, but when the struggles and uncertainties of life happened, it nearly knocked me off my commitment to please God. It was this prayer of Paul to the Colossians which quickened me again. There’s power in the Word of God.
- Are you fully pleasing the Lord with your life?
- Are you bearing good fruit and increasing in the knowledge of God?
Prayer: Father, I thank You for Your unfailing love, help me to be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, living for You.
Read: Colossians 1:9-14