Make Your Life Count For Something—Colossians 1:10-12
“And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light” (Colossians 1:10-12)
I had been a Christian twenty-seven years, before I found my purpose and calling in life. Don’t get me wrong, before this I had worked in the church for many years, I had given my entire existence to God from the age of five and I enjoyed every minute of it. However, I found my purpose at the intersection of knowing God’s specific will for my life and coming into a complete and life-changing revelation of His grace. It was at this point, that everything changed.
God’s Grace Gives Us Value; God’s Will Gives Us Purpose
It is no wonder that Paul specifically prays for depth of insight into the spiritual working of God (Colossians 1:9). He prays for us to see things as God sees them and to understand as God understands. He prays for this because there is power is aligning yourself with God’s truth. Amazingly, we have been given this understanding in Christ, which is why he told the church in Corinth, that we have the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2:16b) and that God has revealed everything to us by His Spirit (I Corinthians 2:10). The very same spirit that lives inside of us, is sent to teach us all things (I John 2:27), to remind us of everything that Jesus said (John 14:26), and to give us confidence before God (I John 3:20-24).
It is this understanding of the ways and purposes of God that enables us to live and conduct ourselves worthy of Him. Why? because His truth gives us purpose when we can truly see ourselves and others as He sees us. This truth will combat any accusation we face in life whether the source is us, the enemy or another person (II Corinthians 10:4-5).
Because of this knowledge, we will live a life worthy of the Lord and in this place we bring Him pleasure as He enjoys seeing us operate in the manner and with the purpose He’s designed us for. When we are filled with His knowledge, drawing our purpose from Him, this is the result according to verses 10-12:
- We are worthy of the Lord and His calling (vs. 10).
- Our lives please Him and bring Him pleasure. In other words, we make Him smile! (vs. 10).
- We bear genuine fruit in every good work that He purposed beforehand for us (Ephesians 2:10; Colossians 1:10).
- We continually grow in our knowledge of Him (vs. 10).
- We are strengthened supernaturally with His power to endure every and all circumstances, having patience, courage, endurance and perseverance through them (vs. 11).
- And finally, we are able to give thanks and rejoice in all circumstances because of the deep, intimate knowledge we possess (vs. 12).
- In other words, we will see things from His point of view and persevere simply because He’s qualified us to share in the inheritance with everyone He’s called, redeemed, set apart, rescued, equipped and sent.
God Also Take Pleasure In You!
Today, I pray that you begin to see yourself as God sees you. May your outward life reflect your inward spirit life. May you understand and gain spiritual insight into the mystery of Christ in you, so that your life reflects His goodness and bears His kingdom fruit!