Colossians 1:9-10 (New International Version)
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.
There is such wonderful wisdom expressed in these short verses. We see the importance of having people who are praying for us, people who care about us and about our yearning for God. Being surrounded by a community of like-minded people helps to keep us on track and moving in the right direction.
That foundation gives us the encouragement we need to grow in our knowledge of who God is and who God created us to be. We can seek out opportunities to learn more about God through reading the Bible, studying together, bouncing ideas off of each other, discussing our questions, wrestling with tough issues, sharing our insights.
That increasing knowledge and wisdom helps us to be able to live in a way that reflects God’s love in our lives. Our actions more and more demonstrate what we have learned, and our thoughts and words show the way that God is transforming our spirits.
I love that progression. A foundation of loving community leads to growing in knowledge of God… which leads to changes in thought and action… which leads to an even deeper knowledge of God. The New Living Translation of verse 10 reads: “All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.”
It’s a great reminder that following God is a process, not an event. Growing closer to God is a journey. Growing God’s image in us is an adventure that never ends!
What has been most exciting to you so far about following God?