Colossians 1:9-10 “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;”
By the flip of the calendar, another year is added to my age. In these many years, I can look back and see the work and accomplishments, successes, and failures. In that time, I must say that God has shown me His hand in it all.
I have come to realize that I am the sum of my teachers. From my parents to those in my youth. From the bosses to the teachers and preachers who have influenced my walk with the Lord. All too often, my flesh wants to rise to take the credit.
Romans 14:7-8 “For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.”
We did not ‘pull ourselves up by our bootstraps’ as the saying goes. As we are all God’s creation, we are not all God’s children.
John 1:12-13 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
We are deceived into accepting the false teaching that because we are made in His likeness and image, we are His children. The verses in John clearly state that there first must be a receiving by believing.
He also states that it is not something I can be born into, or receive through my heritage, religious affiliation, or parentage. I cannot will myself to be a child of God. It is a gift that only God Himself gives to those who ask.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
That said, the teaching, counsel, correction, and preaching I have been given is for the purpose to help those in my life God has placed for me to help.
The Apostle Paul was writing to the church at Colosse to instruct them what to do with the new converts that have received Christ as Savior. Their discipleship was to include:
Praying for them.
They were providing knowledge of God’s will for their lives with all wisdom and spiritual understanding.
They may walk worthy and grow to be pleasing to the Lord.
They may become fruitful in all things.
In the end, that they have all knowledge and wisdom to do all that God may ask of them.
Colossians 1:11-12 “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:”
The addition of strength, power, patience, and longsuffering comes when you become settled in who you are in Christ. Having a grateful spirit is hard to maintain during times of trials and oppression. Which is why Paul writes to encourage and admonish them to help one another.
One of the principal elements of the Christian life is this:
When I reach out to help others, God steps in to help me.
We often languish selfishly, wanting God to take away that which troubles us.
It is when we look beyond our trouble to help others that God moves in our life to either make our burden lighter, bring someone to help carry the load or open our eyes to see that we don’t have it so bad.
The communication needed for help to come twofold.
First, one must see the need.
That may come in the form of a suggestion, advice, or counsel from a friend, loved one, teacher, or pastor.
Second, is the practical application of carrying out that which we know to do.
Unless wisdom, knowledge, and understanding accompany the teaching, it may soon be lost. Coming alongside those who may struggle is key to their growth.
Think about it – someone was there for us. God calls us to be there for others. In doing so, we both benefit. A win-win situation we can both accept. We must all look beyond our situation and circumstance to grow and help those around us as well.
Find someone whose life you can influence. Allow yourself to be used by God to help them. In so doing, we may receive that which we may or may not know we need.
Psalm 121:1-2 “A Song of degrees. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.”