July 12, 2019

Colossians 1:9-14 … “so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.” vs. 10

Paul’s deepest desire for the Colossians was that they would lead lives worthy of the Lord. That remains the highest aspiration for any who claim to walk in the way of Jesus. We do this out of love and not obligation. God’s love is not contingent…God loves us even when we wander. But our Creator has infused our beings with enormous potential for good. Each of us have innate talents and abilities that can be used in a variety of ways in the course of a lifetime. Our purpose is to use those gifts in ways that will enhance life for all God’s creatures by looking beyond ourselves and seeking the welfare of others. The measure of a life well-lived is not the bottom line of our financial portfolio but the number of good works selflessly done for the benefit of our neighbor. At the beginning we may not know the direction a God-pleasing life may require, there are so many choices and decisions to be made. But as we grow in grace and in faith we will also increase in our knowledge of God and better understand what is expected of us. Some of us might even change direction on the journey as new insights and greater wisdom come our way. For many the most fruitful years are the golden ones!

Thought for the Day: What motivates the way I live?