Subject:   The Road To Productive Christian Life
Text:          Colossians 1:9-10

I. Introduction

  • The Colossian believers have learned and accepted the Gospel – faith in Jesus Christ, through Epaphras, a faithful God’s servant. It was through him that Apostle Paul learned of their faith and love for the people of God, which sprung from the hope that was established in them. (vv. 3-8)
  • The objective of today’s message: To know and discover the way to productive and pleasant lives for God and be guided all throughout in our journey to Christian life. This was the reason why Apostle Paul continuously praying for the Colossian believers, so that their faith will not be wasted. Similarly, our Church keeps on praying too for such objective – not only productive but life worthy of God. The steps, as gleaned from Paul’s prayer, are as follows:

II. Main Message

A. Knowing God’s will (v. 9)

  • God has purposes and plans for His people. Believers are admonished to seek God for His direction in their lives
  • Know and discover God’s will, not just a part of it but to the full extent (“fill”) by:
    • 1. Constantly and consistently inquiring from Him through prayer and His Words
      • “…they are stupid because they do not ask the Lord for guidance” (Jeremiah 10: 21)
      • “I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you to prosperity and not disaster…” (Jeremiah 29:11)
      • Therefore, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him…” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
    • 2. Renewing of minds – not conforming to the world’s standards, but allowing God to transform us inwardly (Romans 12:2)
      • Be under the control and the direction of the Holy Spirit – “To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace” (Romans 8:6)
      • “Let the Spirit directs your lives, and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature. For what our human nature wants is opposed to what the Spirit wants…” (Galatians 5:16-17)

B. Gaining Spiritual Wisdom in Full (v. 9)

  • Walk with Christ, for Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God (1st Corinthians 1:24) and He is the key that opens all the hidden treasures of God’s wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3). The case in point were the early disciples – uneducated, yet the members of the Council were amazed of how they answered them. Then they realized, they were companions of Jesus Christ (Acts 4: 13)
  • Human wisdom is foolishness to God. It is impossible to know God and understand His message through own wisdom (1st Corinthians 1:21). What this world considers to be wisdom is nonsense in God’s sight (3:19)
  • Look at the early disciples and early believers – they are fishermen, ordinary people but they gained the wisdom of God and turned the world upside down.

C. Clear and Enlightened Understanding (v. 9)

  • And who can understand God’s wisdom – only the believers, because we have the mind of Christ (1st Corinthians 2: 16). Believers have the Spirit of God, living in them (3: 16). And the Spirit searches everything even the hidden depth of God’s purposes and no one can understand them without the Spirit ( 2: 10, 14)
  • Therefore, be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit
  • Spiritual wisdom and understanding is endowed only by God’s spirit. It is not learned through an educational degree. It is learned through submission and obedience. Therefore, seek it from God not from elsewhere. Learn from the Master.

III. Conclusion

Once we have acquired the foregoing, our lives will be different. Our plans, decisions and actions, will ensure a life worthy of the Lord and pleasing to Him; bearing fruit in every good works. And the more, we will grow in the knowledge of God (v. 10). So, submit and be obedient to Him. Enquire from Him through prayer and His Word. Desire and ask for it; for God gives generously and graciously (James 1: 5).

May God’s glory manifest on us!