Changed: Fruitier, Smarter, Stronger

“. . . 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 . . .” (Colossians 1:10-11)

Today, we continue Paul’s quick list of ways that we — as puny, single human beings in a world of 7 billion people — can bring pleasure to God. It’s the list of ways Paul prayed that these Christians would continue growing.

changed_350Bearing fruit in every good work: Growing Christians do good works that make a difference in the lives of others.

Growing in the knowledge of God: Growing Christians keep finding our more and more about God.

Being strengthened by God’s power: Growing Christians get stronger, which makes them more patient and able to trust God with less effort.

Think: Have you seen evidence of these three areas of growth in your own life? If so (or not), why do you think that is?

Pray: Ask God to help you to bear fruit for Him in every good work; to grow in your knowledge of Him; and to get stronger with His power so it’s easier for you to trust Him longer.

Do: Make a list of the names of three Christians, one each that you’ve noticed growing in these ways during the last year or two.