October 01, 2010

Living a Life Worthy of the Lord

Colossians 1:9-14

We have not stopped praying for you … so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord…
Colossians 1:9-10


What would you like people to say about you? That you’re smart? That you’re good looking? That you’re important?

Paul prays that God will fill us with the knowledge of his will. Why? So that we may “live a life worthy of the Lord.”

Can you imagine someone saying about you, “I know ; she lives a life worthy of the Lord!” or, “… he lives just like the Lord lived!” Can you imagine anything greater that could ever be said about you?

What will our lives look like if we live in a manner “worthy of the Lord”? For starters, imagine Jesus watching us and saying things like these:

“There’s a young boy being kind to an injured classmate. I would have done that myself!”

“There’s a business leader who just made a decision based on what is best for the employees. I like that!”

“There’s a woman who faces one crisis after another but continues to trust in God with all her heart. That’s worthy of me; I had to do that too!”

The Bible will help us see more of what that life will look like, but we must want to live it if the Bible is to be of any help.

So, first of all, do I want to live a life worthy of the Lord? Do you? Will the Lord see reflections of his life in the way we live?

What a meaningful, gracious, loving life you lived, Jesus! I too want to live my life as you lived yours. Would you help me do that? Amen.

About the author — Harvey Stob

Rev. Harvey Stob and his wife, Audrey, served as missionaries in Argentina for eleven years. They then served churches in Cincinnati, Ohio; Ridgewood, New Jersey; and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Harvey retired from full-time pastoral work in 2009. He and Audrey have three children and seven grandchildren.

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