Friday, 21 November 2008

Being Fruitful in Every Good Work

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; 10That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God”.

there are four things I like to highlight from the above scripture:

I. We need to be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.

There is a difference between knowledge, wisdom and understanding:

A. Knowledge is the collection of correct information. There is worldly knowledge and there is godly knowledge. worldly knowledge is the value passed on us through conventional teachngs or the way the world sees things. Godly knowledge is the value that is passed to us by God via his word.

B. Understanding is the correct interpretation of acquired information. there are two ways to interprete things; from the world stand point and from spiritual stand point. we need to operate in both but to walk with God, and to live in the supernatural we need always see things also from a spiritual stand point. Spiritual interpretation is revelation knowledge, and insight from God. This is superior to natural understanding.

C. Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge correctly. There are also two kinds of wisdom; worldly wisdom and spiritual wisdom, we need them both to live our day to day live and to operate in the realm of God. Worldly wisdom is acting based on worldly knowledge; this is common sense like not crossing the road when the light is red, not driving while drunk, not putting your money into a business that is going downwards. On the other hand, wisdom that is spiritual is acting on the word of God or yielding to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Spiritual wisdom don't necessarily make any sense, and might conflict with conventional wisdom but it is superior to worldly wisdom. you act on a higher knowledge and on a higher realm when operating in spiritual wisdom.

Now, from our text, we can see that God desires that we know exactly what he has in his plan for us, he desires that we have a clear understanding of what the plan involves and how to realise them. we need to know exactly what he is saying to do at every stage in our lives, and we need to be bold to act as he says even when they don't make sense to us or the people around us. We are walking in divine wisdom anytime we act as we are being led by God. Nobody operating in divine wisdom fails. He may have some challenges, but will ultimately break through and reach that destiny.

To follow and fulfil God's plan for our lives, we need to operate in spiritual understanding, that is, learning to interpret things in the light of the Word of God, looking at things from a spiritual perspective and not in the light of how the world sees it.

II. Walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing

To walk worthy of the Lord to my mind means to live by faith, to do our work not for what we can benefit out of it, but for the glory of God, for the increase of his kingdom here on earth and for the benefit of others.

We must live a God fearing life, ordering our affairs in the light of the Word.

We need to live like pilgrims here on earth, looking forward to the blessed and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We need to be witnesses wherever God has placed us, for we are ambassadors for Christ.

Our lives should not be about us, about what we can become in this life but about him and what we shall be like when we see him face to face.

III. Being fruitful in every good work.

Note that it says to be fruitful in every good work, meaning everything that we are part of.

We need to be fruitful in our walk with God – knowing God and being part of a church is not enough, being fruitful involves experiencing a quality and peaceful life as a result of our relationship with God.

Fruitful in our studies – as a student you are not to drop out, fail exams or study something that will not impact on your life. Look into your choice of career and only do a course that you sure will benefit you in the future. after school, your life must be seeing to have improved.

Fruitful in your marriage – not just having children but having a relationship that is beneficial to you both. your spouse should be able to say; look what I have become since becoming part of this person, see how I have increased. A fruitful relationship is that which brings increase to the people in it.

Fruitful in your investment – you are to make profit and not suffer loss.

Fruitful in relating with peoples – anybody you meet must be impacted. You are a blessing, an inspiration, a source of joy. The people you meet must remember you for good.

There must be results, good results, in all your endeavours. Your work place must see value in you. Your contribution to your work place must challenging and incomparable. You must make yourself a valued staff and when you leave, you should be missed.

IV. Increasing in the knowledge of God.

You need to keep acquiring Knowledge because knowledge increases your capacity. Your performance and your productivity can be determined by your level of knowledge. You become stale if you don’t continue to retrain and redevelop yourself. Develop yourself both in spiritual things and in the area of your career.

Try to understand how things around you work, don’t just walk in the dark; it will only make you a mediocre. Read books covering different fields of life and not just in the line of your discipline.

Before you embark on anything significant, try to find out as much as there is to know about the thing. Don’t go into anything major, anything that can impact on your entire life if you know so little about it.

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