Knowledge & Works
Colossians 1: 9-14
9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks[c] to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Father, we thank you that you are the source of all love, goodness and truth. We thank you that if we are found in Christ, we can know you, and reflect your goodness and truth to this world. We thank you for Paul’s testimony that we as the church should be bearing fruit by doing good works, and increasing in the knowledge of God.
O Lord, let us not be like the hypocrites in Jesus day, by separating the knowledge of God from good works, splitting apart our beliefs and our actions. But rather, grant us the grace to integrate and harmonise our faith in actions. May our increased knowledge of the saviour be found and evidenced by increased fruit in our lives – more joy, peace, kindness, gentleness, self-control, goodness faithfulness, patience and gentleness.