Colossians 1:9, For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and 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, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
This week we have been looking at the Apostle Paul’s prayer that he prayed from prison for the Colossian Christian. If you will remember, Paul was wrongly imprisoned, cold, and hungry and instead of praying for himself he chose to prayer for others. Here is what he prayed, …we have not stopped praying for you. 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work… Colossians 1:9-10
Every year a group of ordinary and unassuming veterans meet together, but these veterans have one thing in common. They have all earned the nation’s highest military award for bravery, the Medal of Honor. Holding the Medal of Honor transforms and redefines those humble veterans lives. One recipient acknowledged that having the medal changes everything. He said, every day “You’re representing everybody and everything the medal represents”.
As Christians, we share a distinguishing mark as well; we are followers of Christ, or rather Christians. That should be a distinctive mark that changes our thoughts and behaviors as well. In keeping with that thought, I leave you with this simple prayer, “Lord, may I live today that all may see, the love of Christ revealed in me!”
Think about it…and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D