Four Characteristics of a Worthy Walk
5 March 2023 PM – Colossians 1:9-12 – Col23 – Scott Childs
Introduction: In the previous section (Colossians 1:3-8), Paul identified four reasons that he was thankful for the Colossian believers. In our text for this evening (Colossians 1:9-12), Paul further described his prayer for the saints. He desired that they might be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. This is wisdom and understanding imparted by the Spirit of God, enabling the believer to have precise and correct knowledge of God’s will. God has a will for every believer. Parts of God’s will for believers overlap. It is God’s will for every Christian to fellowship with God in His Word and in prayer, flee temptation, live a pure life, and share the Gospel with others. He also has a specific path for each to follow. To find and stay in the centre of God’s will, we must stay close to God’s Light. [Illustrate walking down a dark path in the forest and staying in the lantern light.].
Paul prayed to this end in order that they might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing. Walking in a manner that is worthy of our Saviour and King is no small task. It is a walk that mimics Him and honours Him.
Transition: This evening, I want us to zoom in on the four characteristics of a God-worthy walk that Paul prayed would be evident in the Colossian believer’s lives. They are for us as well.
The first characteristic of a God-worthy walk is…
Being fruitful in every good work (v.10)