What does Christ want from you? What does Christ want from me?
I ask myself that question almost everyday.
Reading in the book of Colossians this morning, I found a small list of simple commands that Christ wants from his followers.
“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, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.”
Paul wrote these encouraging words to the church at Colossae close to two thousand years ago, but the message is still the same.
God wants Christians to:
Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,
Bear fruit in every good work,
Increase in His knowledge.
Let’s expound upon these three basis commands. What do they mean and how do we apply them to our life?
First, walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. This includes our daily actions and choices. What do we choose to do with our time? How do we spend our time? How do we conduct ourself around other people? Do we act like Christians around other believers, but let all of our morals and principles slide as soon as we are around nonbelievers? We should walk constantly in a manner worthy to the Lord regardless of whose presence we are in. People should be able to know that we are Christians by our manner of speech, our conduct, and the choices we make. We are to be the salt and the light of the world.
Second, God wants us to bear fruit in every good work. The fruits of the Holy Spirit should be evident in every situation of our lives – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal. 5:22). Our actions should be wrapped in these attributes. This includes every aspect of our modern day lives from our job, to our school, to our home, to our relationships. In every situation we encounter, we should look at it as a field where we can plant seeds in order to reap fruit. We need to be kinder, gentler, more self-controlled, and more joyful. People should be able to see the love of Christ in us.
Finally, God wants us to increase in His knowledge. How do we do that? By spending time in His word. The only way we will ever grow in the Lord is by reading, studying, and meditating on his word. The only way we will ever know his will for our lives is by reading, studying, and meditating on the Bible. Every verse is breathed by God for our instructions and growth in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). We are to always be learning more about him every day.
Every day we should awake and ask for his help and guidance in living a life worthy to Him, the opportunity to plant and bear fruit, and wisdom in seeking His knowledge.
Blessings on your day.