Colossians Chapters 1 through 4
Every Christian wants to know that they are doing what they should be doing. Every Christian wants to know that they are “walking worthy of the Lord.” In this week’s reading, 1:10-12 Paul prays for the Christians in Colossae that they would be doing what they are supposed to be doing and walking worthy of the Lord. He then mentions a few things that can be looked at as indicators that we are on the right track.
First, he prays that they would “be fruitful in every good work.” One sign that we are doing what we are supposed to be doing is the fruit that it is bearing. This could be referring to fruit in our own lives, like love, joy, peace, longsuffering and so on. Or it could be referring to fruit in other people’s lives. When we are doing what we are supposed to be doing there should always be some good fruit.
Next, Paul prays that they would be “increasing in their knowledge of God.” When we are doing what we are supposed to be doing our relationship with God should be growing. Our understanding and knowledge of God and His character should be always be growing. I believe that is going to be an eternal quest. Forever getting to know God better and in a deeper way. But if we are finding our spiritual life waning, then it might be a good idea to take a look at what we are doing and see what needs to change.
Next, Paul prays that they would be “strengthened with all might … for patience and longsuffering.” Now, this is a great indicator to see if we are doing what we are supposed to be doing. How are we handling opposition and difficulties? How are we dealing with situations that are not working out the way they should? If we are getting all upset, yelling at people or stressing out, something is not right. It is possible that we are not doing what we are supposed to be doing and therefore we are not being strengthened with God’s strength or else we just need to repent!
Lastly, Paul prays that they would be “giving thanks to the Father…” One of the best ways to determine if we are doing what we are supposed to be doing is to check our attitudes. Are we thankful and grateful to God for our jobs? Are we giving thanks to the Father for what He is doing in our lives?
God wants us to live lives that are blessed. The best way to live a blessed life is to make sure we are doing what we are supposed to be doing. Every now and then it is good to stop and make an assessment and see if these four things are present in our lives. They can help keep us on track and “walking worthy of the Lord.”