Saturday 2nd December 2017
This morning we look at the fourth benefit of knowing God and His plan for our lives.
Colossians 1 v 9 – 14
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Because we know God we can share in His inheritance which is eternal life and life to the full.
This passage describes our inheritance as a qualification – “the Father, who has qualified you”. I love this thought. Imagine a Graduation Ceremony and you walk away from the presentation fully qualified. No one can take that qualification from you because it is yours. The value of the qualification is reliant upon the organization or individual giving it. There is a difference between a qualification from a back street in Peckham by Derrick Trotter and a qualification from Oxford University. Our qualification for eternal life is given by the creator of life Himself. Because of what Christ has done for us we are qualified to share in His inheritance. That inheritance starts now in knowing Him but extends to heaven when I will spend eternity with Him – that is our blessed hope.
The natural conclusion to this week’s devotions comes in a question – “How can I know God?”
Relationships break down for lots of reasons but it is normally because barriers create distance. There can also be barriers in our relationship with God that create distance. One of those barriers is sin – Christ has made a way for the barrier to be removed.
1 John 1 v 9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Let Jesus remove the barrier of sin between you and God and know God today in your life.
Have a great day!
Peter Jordan (Senior Pastor at Sawyers Church)