Knowledge Increasing

I wrote a post a couple days ago based on a passage in Colossians 3. Now I'm writing based on the first section in Colossians 1. Why? Because it's pretty much my favorite book of the Bible. I know it's not good to have favorites, but this is a book I turn to time and time again when I just need some serious encouragement or conviction or a meaty, beautiful description of who Christ is.

So I think I might stick with Colossians for awhile and trust God to encourage you through the power of His words in this book. He is so good to give us His Word! It is alive and active!

Colossians begins with the most incredible thank you note conceivable. Usually a thank you note is directed to the person being written to, but this one is directed to God while being written to the Colossian church. Interesting twist.

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven.
Colossians 1:3-5

Somehow reading this thank you note means so much more than any one I've received thanking me for what I've done. We thank God for you. You can just feel the joy Paul and Timothy have because these people have found hope in Christ!

Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
Colossians 1:5-8

This bit begins with a very long sentence that sometimes loses me in the middle, but... it also introduces a theme for the book of Colossians. That is "knowledge increasing." Sounds exciting, right? Maybe if you're a professional student, but most people I know are more interested in how than what. Meaning, instead of just increasing in knowledge of facts, they want to increase in skill and ability. That's very practical and good in most cases.

My prayer over this last year as I become more and more aware of how unlike Christ I am is, Lord, make me like Christ. Please do an overhaul on my heart and make me like Christ. This is a practical prayer, one of change and action and how. But the response I always hear is, The path to becoming like Christ is the path to knowing Christ. You cannot really be like someone unless you know them well.

I watched a TV show recently about a group of people putting together a musical about Marilyn Monroe on Broadway. One of the main characters put all of her time and thought into studying Marilyn, reading books about her, watching her movies, and trying to speak and walk like her. In the end, she was chosen for the lead role in the musical because she was like Marilyn.

Now, I realize Marilyn Monroe is an interesting comparison when we're talking about studying Christ to be like Christ. The point is, the better you know someone, the better you can represent them.

In Colossians, Paul and Timothy want the Colossian church to know Christ so they can continue to bear fruit and represent Him well.

Let me finish with this beautiful desire of Paul and Timothy:

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
Colossians 1:9-10

And now, as I submit this post, I pray the same for you, readers.

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Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.


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