For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may 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 joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. Colossians 1:9-12 (NIV)
Worthy Of Me
Living a life that is worthy of you. I know that I cannot accomplish that with my own efforts. If I tried my very hardest I would still live a life that is completely unworthy of you. Why is that? I make so many mistakes. I take so many missteps. I take so many wrong turns. I miss the mark by such a wide margin. I know that I have sinned. I know that I will sin. I know that I am a sinner. Only you can make me able to live a life that is worthy of you. Only you can help me to know and do what is pleasing to you. Yes, I can and will make you able to live a life that is worthy of me. Yes, I can and will help you to know and do what is pleasing to me. I will tell you though that you have the wrong perspective on your identity. What is that? You are not some miserable sinner. Your identity is not that of a sinner. You have been forgiven of your sins. You have been cleansed of all your unrighteous. You have been adopted into my family. I am your Father. You are my child. I already love you. You are already pleasing to me. It pleases me that you love me with all your heart and mind and soul and strength. You are dead to your old life of sin. I have given you a completely new life in me. Let your identity be rooted in the fact that you are my child. Let your identity be founded on the fact that you are my new creation and are becoming a masterpiece in my hands. I am molding and shaping your life. Day by day you are becoming more and more like my Son. Let your identity be built on the certainty that my hand is on you. I will help you to come to know me. You will know my will and walk in my ways. You will go where I guide you. You will do what I ask of you. I will powerfully use you to bear fruit for my kingdom. You will shine brightly as my witness in the world. Be encouraged. Be filled with joy. Be lifted up. You have a future with me both now and forever. You have an inheritance in heaven reserved for you. Thank you, Heavenly Father for so richly blessing my life.
Heavenly Father, I want what you want. I want to know and love you with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. I want to live a life that is pleasing to you. Strengthen me with your power. Help me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen
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