Monday, November 23, 2009

In my day of "I want what I want" will I know what he wants?

Good morning my friends? I wonder what your plans are for today. I guess it depends on what kind of person you are; either a well organized person or a come-what-may type of person. I am a bit of both; well organized but busy so my agenda sometimes becomes a come-what-may victim. However, I wonder how much of our day is given over to the will of the Father. In other words, how much of our day is "do what I want" and how much is"not my will but yours be done"? Do we give any consideration to the Father's will for us? Is it something we seek out each day? Of course there is Dad's "general will", for example, that everyone would be saved, and his very specific will, for example, speak to that man on the bus and tell him that God loves him.

Paul's desire for the Colossians was that they would know the Father's will:

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. v. 9

This was not just something to say to fill his time. This was something important; "we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you". This was the thing Paul wanted them to have because it lead to greater things in the relationship with the Father:

And we pray this in order that v. 10

There is a purpose in this prayer because without the knowledge of the will of the Father it is impossible to live a life that is worthy of him. Is that not the desire of all of us? But how is it possible to live such a life if we are not seeking the will of the Father:

And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: v. 10/

How do we please our Father? How can you live a life that will please him today?

bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, vs. 11-12

Is this what your day is going to look like? Is your greatest desire to please the Father with the quality of your living today? Then start with seeking his will for your life in general and then in the details of your day. He will pour out these blessings on you so that you will be enabled to live such a life. But I ask you, how can he bless the disobedient? He can't.

In our day he wants us to remember why he is worthy of our obedience, why we should be seeking his will  for our day. Remember this:

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. vs. 13-14

Remember that we owe him everything. If this is what he did for us while we were disobedient sinners how much greater the blessings when we walk in obedience to his will for our lives. Take the time to talk things over with him now. Bring your heart in alignment with the Fathers. Live a life of obedience to the Father's will today and all these spiritual blessings will be yours.

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