Verse of the Day Devotion: Colossians 1:10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
The idea in our focus verse is that Christians should walk in a manner that pleases God. It seems that pagans followed this and had the idea inscribed throughout the provinces of Asia. F.F. Bruce in his commentary on Colossians wrote the following, “If pagans appreciated the importance of rendering worship which was worthy of the deities whose votaries (a person, such as one devoted to the worship of their god, who has made vows of dedication to religious service) they were, much more should Christians render the spiritual service of obedient lives to the living and true God and to His Son Jesus Christ.” Our hearts, as Christians, should be focused on pleasing the one who gave His life for us, that we might be saved and receive eternal life with God.
As our verse above says, we must strive to please the Lord in all things. This does not mean, as obviously stated, that we do this in certain cases, such as during church services or fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. These are the easy things. What he is saying is in all things, including when we are joking around with friends or going out with them for an evening. We are to be pleasing to the Lord when in Church, but also during all other times as well. We must constantly strive to stay away from those things that dishonor God and focus on those things that bear fruit for Him. I have seen many instances where several Christians have come together and the conversation has drifted to subjects that are improper and should never be discussed; jokes being told that involve indecent activities or words. And there is to be no weighing of the activities, ensuring that the good stuff outweigh the bad stuff.
Also, it says that we are to bear fruit in every good work. John wrote that the way to bear good fruit is to abide in Christ, and Him in you. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5. If Jesus abides in us, and we listen to Him, Colossians 1:10 becomes a regular thing in our lives. And a couple more verses down, we read this, “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.” John 15:8. So, by combining the verses, we see that if we walk in a manner that is worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all ways and bearing much fruit, then we will glorify our Father in Heaven. And by this we “prove to be Jesus’ disciple.
And one final thought. By living a life that pleases God in full view of the lost in our times, we can be a witness of the reality of Christianity and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let us say we are in church and a visitor comes in and sees us praying, singing to God and lifting our hands in worship. Then a couple days later they observe us in a situation where cursing and acting in ways that are not pleasing to God. Will this affect them? Probably, but not in a positive way. They would probably think we do not believe what we say we do, for we do not live it outside of the church. By these actions, we may have turned someone away from accepting Christ, and I am very confident that God would not be pleased with that. It is absolutely important that we walk in a manner worthy of the Lord 100% of the time; no matter where we are or who we are with. For if we are not, than how can we bear good fruit? And if someone sees us acting unchristian like, how can they believe our message?
So, I want to encourage us all, as Paul lays out so clearly, to walk in a manner that is pleasing to God, bearing much good fruit, in all respects. People watch us, especially those who are looking for reality in what we profess in both our words and actions. When we walk in this manner, God is pleased with us because we are bearing much fruit. But we cannot do this if God is not in us, helping us bear much fruit for Him. For in Him, we are “strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. For He rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:11-14.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.
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