Colossians 1:9-14

This passage is loaded.

Paul tells the Colossians that he is praying for their growth in spiritual understanding and wisdom. Why? “So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.” We must be growing at all times to walk worthy of The Lord. Ephesians says something very close to this at the beginning of Chapter 3. Walking in a manner worthy of the Lord doesn’t mean trying to live in such a way so that we’ll be worthy of God’s choosing for our salvation; instead, we have already been chosen for salvation and Paul is urging us to walk in a manner that shows that. We have been set apart by God as Holy and Blameless (Ephesians 1:4-6) and we must live our lives accordingly, namely by growing in wisdom and spiritual understanding and bearing fruit and increasing in the knowledge of him (God).

Question: how are you walking in a manner worthy of the Lord? Where is the fruit in your life and how are you growing and what are you doing to grow more?

Paul follows this up right afterwards with his prayer for them to be strengthened in endurance and patience because he understands what a struggle it will be to live a life worthy of the Lord. Patience with others? Yes. Patience with yourself? Yes. Patience with God and understanding that he is working on and in you? Yes. You will fail. You will disappoint. But Paul is urging us to press on!

God has been faithful to qualify us for this life. He has brought us into the domain of light with the other saints. Paul makes this distinction between a domain of darkness that we have been delivered out of by God’s intervention and grace (HE has delivered you) and has brought us into the kingdom of his beloved son (domain of light… I’m saying that based on the previous verse that says he has transferred us to the saints in light). It’s a neat distinction.

Something to realize about being in the light as opposed to darkness is that now we see both God and ourselves clearly in the light. We recognize how awesome and righteous God is and how unworthy we are. Thankfully, we are in the light of his son Jesus, in whom we have redemption from our sins. Praise be to God!