“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, 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” Colossians 1:9-10
Paul had heard that the Colossians were believing in Jesus and were working at spreading the gospel message. Their belief in Jesus was not just with words, but came with action. He tells them that he and others are praying for them to know the will of God.
Knowing God’s will can only come by the wisdom and understanding that the Holy Spirit gives. Only the Holy Spirit can fully understand God. Man’s finite mind cannot fully understand the infinite God. His Holy Spirit can break that down for man to understand.
The purpose for knowing the will of God is not to be puffed up and think that one is special, but to live a life worthy of the Lord Jesus and to please Him. People who have great knowledge often try to be in control of others with that knowledge.
You are to use the knowledge of God’s will to spread the gospel message. Every believer is supposed to bear fruit in this world. The fruit is showing love and compassion to others, and to draw others to Jesus and into a close relationship with God. The more knowledge that you have about God the more you will know what He desires. God’s whole focus is to love people and help them be the best that they can be by knowing and loving Him. He wants every person to have the abundant life that Jesus provides.
Why do you want to know God’s will? Is it only to look out for yourself? Or to use it against others?
Or is it so that you can show others who God is and bring them to a saving knowledge of Jesus? Is it so that you can live your life the way God wants you to live it?
I pray today that you will know God more and more; that you will know His plan for your life; that you will live your life according to God’s will; that you will bear fruit for God; and that your life will please God.