On a scale of 1 to 10, where would you rate your growing knowledge of God? Just acquaintances? Strong friendship? Deep connection and relationship? Believers should not be content with just being saved and being in God’s family. The Bible is clear that we ought to be growing in our knowledge of the Lord!
The reason I bring this up is because of Paul’s specific prayer request for these Colossian believers. We’ve seen his strategic commitment to pray for these believers in Colossian 1:9. We then began noticing the specific content of his prayer in verses 9-12. We’ve seen his first request for them and it was that they would be filled with a knowledge of God’s will (v. 9). His second request was that they would live a life worthy of the Lord (v. 10). His third request was that they would bear fruit in every good work (v. 10).
Please notice with me Paul’s fourth request for these believers. It is that they would —
D. Grow in the Knowledge of God (v. 10)
Our world scoffs at us for thinking that we “know” God, but that’s the biblical promise, isn’t it? Paul declares in Philippians 3- “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.” We can know God! And we are to grow in our knowledge of Him!
Are you and I praying for others that they grow in their knowledge of God? Scripture is clear that God can be known and our knowledge can increase. We can learn more of His attributes, His character, His ways of working in our lives and in this world.
I’ve been greatly helped by J.I. Packer’s classic Knowing God. [There’s a special place in heaven for those who have read that entire book. It’s challenging!]. J.B. Phillips’ Your God Is Too Small and Mark Buchanan’s Your Good Is Too Safe are also quite helpful in deepening one’s walk with Him.
Pray for someone else today that they would grow in their knowledge of the Lord. And not just in their head knowledge of Him. But that their relationship with the Lord would deepen! [I just took my own advice. Your turn.] (to be continued)