Be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. Col. 1:9–10.
What we program our minds with will eventually influence our behaviour. That’s why we must expose your mind to things that are “true,” “honourable,” “right,” “pure,” “lovely,” “of good repute,” “excellent,” and “worthy of praise” (Phil. 4:8).
Spurgeon talked about having blood that is ‘bibline’. If we were to cut ourselves, you should bleed Bible verses!
Paul prayed that we would “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power … for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience, joyously giving thanks to the Father” (Col. 1:10–12).
Those are great characteristics for us to want, but how are they accomplished? Verse 9 gives us the answer: “Be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” The Greek word translated “filled” speaks of influence or control. It’s the same word Paul uses in Ephesians 5:18: “Be filled with (controlled by) the Spirit.” When you’re filled with the Spirit, He governs our choices. Similarly, when we’re filled with the knowledge of God’s will, our choices reflect godly wisdom and understanding.
The phrase “spiritual wisdom and understanding” means more than merely knowing God’s Word, It speaks of applying it to our life under the Spirit’s power and direction.
May we prayerfully saturate our mind with God’s Word this morning and may it begin to control your thinking and behaviour.
Contributed by Alex Townsend