For many people, living a life that is worthy of God seems like an impossible goal. And yet it is what is expected of Christ’s disciples. Fortunately the Scriptures give us some clues on how to do this, including this passage from Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae.
We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way.Colossians 1:9-10 NIV
The starting place for living worthy is to know what God wants of you. If you don’t know what he wants, what chance do you have of pleasing him? And Paul’s prayer for this church acknowledges that and starts off with a request that God would make his will know to this body, through the wisdom the Holy Spirit brings.
Do you want to live in a way that is worthy of God, that pleases him in every way? Then the place to start is in prayer, asking that God would reveal his will to you. And if you are sincere, I am convinced that he will. Unless he does want you to fail, which I have a hard time believing.
My biggest problem is that I am not always very good at discerning his response to me; often because it disagrees with what I want to do and/or be. And when his will does not coincide with mine, I am left with a choice: please God, or please myself.
How to be worthy in three easy (or maybe not so easy) steps:
- Make it your hearts desire.
- Seek God’s will for your life.
- Be obedient to the instruction he gives you through his Spirit’s voice, his word, or wise counsel.
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This article was originally published on Oct. 11, 2013