“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” (Colossians 1:9-12 NKJV)
A few things are worth noting from this short section of scripture when it comes to the importance of knowing God’s will:
- It was necessary to their walking pattern with God
- It was necessary to working fruitfully for God
- It was necessary to avoid wavering without the strength supplied by God
- It was necessary to a willful thankfulness for the accomplishments of God
Living a life void of the knowledge of God’s will in the 21st century is no more beneficial than it was during the 1st century. Therefore it easy to see why Paul’s desire for the church at Colossi (and Laodicea – Colossians 4:16) remains the desire of the Holy Spirit for all of the church today.
It’s not enough to know that God has a will – it’s knowing that God’s will would have us know and believe what that will for us is as individuals and as the collective church.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2 NKJV)