Paul’s Prayer For the Colossians-

Jun 18, 2024 | Growing in God's Grace

“9 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,
10 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;
11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;
12 giving thanks to the Father, who qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved
Son,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1:9-14

 

The Apostle Paul regularly prayed for the Colossian believers in his care. He prays they may know God’s will and that God would give them power through the Holy Spirit to live His will out. He ends in gratitude to God for His deliverance and redeeming graces.

What a comfort to the Colossian Church to know their leader prayed for them with such concern and love.

How believers still need these kinds of prayers today.

For today I will focus on Colossians 1:10 which reads…

“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.

As Christians we are called to holiness. Don’t let that word scare you, though. Our “holiness” comes by grace through Jesus Christ and His sanctification in us and through us.

As we walk with God, we naturally yearn to bear fruit in every good work we do for Him.

Recently, on an early morning bike ride, I came upon two differing trees. On one tree mulberries grew in abundance, causing the branches to bow laden with fruit. A few feet away stood a tree loaded with false fruit, choke cherries. These wild cherries taste bitter and are toxic.

Naturally, the analogy is clear. We must ask ourselves what kind of fruit are we bearing in our lives.

Just after I saw these two trees, someone I recognized drove by. A person of ill repute. It made the illustration become even more vivid in my mind. As cigar smoke visibly wafted through the air and unshaven face gawked about.

Only a few more meters and we were home sweet home.

We all need to be connected to the vine, metaphorically speaking, in order to bear good fruit.

Jesus is that vine, and our lives are the branches. Our perfect Father is the gardener who helps us have healthy branches that bear good fruit. Without Him we are nothing. (John 15).

We must ask ourselves on whom do we rely on in this life to “bear good fruit?”

The Bible says we will be known by our fruit …Matthew 7:15-20.
Paul explains in Galations 5:22-23 what the fruit of a Spirit-filled life displays… “love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

As we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, and being connected to Jesus the Vine, we will indeed live lives that are productive, bearing good fruit for our precious Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Let’s stay connected, shall we?

And may we ask ourselves what kind of tree we are… a beautiful, sturdy oak tree? A luscious and lovely peach tree with fruit that is sweet and sure? Perhaps we resemble more the weeping willow bent down to the ground with fragile branches? Are you like the Catalpa tree offering shade to the bystander and beautiful blooms for the eye to delight in?

The list can go on. I would like to be the sturdy oak tree of righteousness described in Isaiah 61. Solidly grounded in Christ. What about you?

As we conclude for the day, let us consider what fruit God wants us to display for today.

In Christ the Vine,

Liz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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