Live a Life Worthy of the Lord


In Jesus Describes a Worthy FollowerMatthew  records what Jesus says, “37 “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” We see the standard.

In Colossians 1, we see further practical expressions of what it means to Live a Life Worthy of the Lord. The Apostle Paul wrote “10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.”

First, we must live in a way to please Him in every way. In order to do that, Paul had prayed the key to that in verse 9 where he says, “God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” To live a life worthy, we must know what it is God expects of us. We must have the knowledge of God permeating our lives. Moreover, Paul further clarifies what it means to please God that is to live a life worthy of God. We are to please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. Two ways to please God is listed: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God.

In order to bear fruit, we must yield our wills to the Holy Spirit, so He can lead and guide us in the way of God. In addition to surrendering our will to God, we must also grow in our knowledge of God. This means we must be actively engaged in learning about God through our intake of the Word. This means we must read, hear, study, memorize and meditate on the Word of God. When was the last time that you sat down to read the Word of God more than 10 minutes? When was the last time that you sat and listened to the Word of God outside of the time you sat in church? What and when was the last verse that you learned from the Word of God? How have you meditated on the Word of God over the past week? If you do not have definitive answers to those questions, you have not grown in the knowledge of God. If you have not grown in your knowledge of God, then you limit the Spirit’s influence in your life. There are principles in which you will not surrender to Him if you have not read them in the Word. God allows us to share in the responsibility of our salvation. Surrendering our wills and growing in the knowledge of God is our responsibility.

Just so we would not feel that this was too lofty, Paul provided an example. The essence of  a Life Worthy of the Lord is exemplified by Epaphras. He credited by Paul as exemplifying the by-product of the gospel in the life of man: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God in Colossians 1:6. I am over simplifying this matter in order to be brief. There is so much more to this matter, but the main components of what it means to Live a Life Worthy of the Lord is to bear fruit and grown in knowledge of God. Where are you with those things?

 

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