I think the greatest witness we have to the world is the way we live our life. Don't get me wrong, I also believe we are to share our faith with others, but the door swings open when we live out our faith. I have had friends who have brought Christ to their spouse by living out their faith. When their spouse saw that they had changed, they wanted to know what happened. When our lifestyle matches our statement of faith, we truly shine to the people around us. I have been exploring the idea of how we should be changing the world around us rather than the world changing us, and I want to see how our relationship with God can have an affect on our immediate circle of influence. Please read Colossians 1:9-10.
Verse 9 is Paul's declaration of how he prays for the Colossian church and it definitely something we could be praying over ourselves and for our local church. When we pray for knowledge of God's will, we are inviting God to guide us. When we understand God's will, we understand how He wants us to live. Paul also prays that they will have spiritual wisdom and understanding. We are promised that when we ask God for wisdom, we will receive wisdom. James 1:5-6 says, "If any of you needs wisdom, ask our generous God and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask, be sure your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is unsettled as a wave that is blown and tossed by the wind." So we can know that God will give us wisdom when we have faith in Him. In her James: Mercy Triumphs study, Beth Moore writes how wisdom allows us to know the right thing to do and understanding allows us to know why it is the right thing to do.
Verse 10 tells us that both spiritual wisdom and understanding are important factors in living a life that pleases God. When we understand and know how God wants us to live, we will honor and please God. Colossians 1:10 tells us that this is producing good fruit. When we are honoring God in our actions, we are inadvertently pointing to God's glory. Jesus explains the power of our witness in Matthew 5:14-16 when He tells us that we are the light of the world. We are to shine out in the way we live so that others will see God working in us. He concludes in Matthew 5:16 with, "In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." (NLT)
But we also learn in verse 10 that isn't all that will happen; we will grow and learn to know God even better! To me, that is the best of all! It amazes me that the Creator of all the universe and the only holy God would want to give me the tools to know Him better. Once again, I am just blown away by His love! God wants us to know Him better and as we grow in our relationship with Him our light will shine even brighter in the world. This will allow others to know Him as well. How beautiful.
Have you asked God for spiritual wisdom and understanding? Have you asked God to give you a knowledge of His will?
This post is linked with Thought Provoking Thursday.