Colossians 1:9 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.
Back in the 1990s many of us were involved in Promise Keepers (PK) – a wonderful move of God among men. In 1996 PK held a large conference for pastors in Atlanta and most of the pastors of St. Luke’s, the church we were attending in Akron, OH were able to attend. While there, they were exposed to the marvelous study Experiencing God by Dr. Henry Blackaby.
In January 1997 St. Luke’s kicked off a church-wide 13-week study of Experiencing God. Before the study, there were about 15 weekly home groups, during the study the number of home groups expanded to over 50. It was truly an extraordinary experience for the entire church.
One of the most important lessons from Experiencing God is incorporated in today’s verse – and that is the importance of being filled with the knowledge of God’s will. We each have a tendency to focus on, “What is God’s will for me?” – a much more subjective and self-centered approach. Unfortunately, this can lead to a lifestyle that is more about us than about God. We become pre-occupied with ourselves rather than seeing the larger picture.
Our focus should instead be on knowing what God’s will is – for all believers – and doing it. Doing God’s will is like Basic Christianity 101. Through faithfully living out God’s will in our daily lives, God will make clear where He has unique things for each of us. His specific will for ‘me’ is to flow out of a life centered on living a life pleasing to Him – being Christ-like in every situation.