Walk worthy of the LORD
Walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; Colossians 1:10
In today’s passage we have some insight into what it means to walk worthy of the LORD. On the surface, it looks like walking worthy of the LORD would be walking in obedience to Him and His Word. While that is true, as you continue to read the verse, it says that the way to fully please Him is to be fruitful in every “good work” that you do. The verse ends by saying that as you become fruitful the result will be knowing your Heavenly Father better/more. (increase in the knowledge of Him)
So, what is the definition of being fruitful in every “good work”? If something is fruitful, it produces fruit, or more fruit of the same kind. For instance, if you plant a tomato seed, you use the seed from the inside of a tomato and if it is fruitful, it produces more tomatoes. In the same ways if you sow/give “good works”, you will produce more opportunities to do good for others. Here’s the thing, “good works” are only things that you do for others, not for yourself. Below is a list of scriptures with some insight into what “good works” are all about:
First of all, Ephesians 2:10 says we were created with “good works” in us that God planned out for us to do. That means there is “good work” seed inside of us, just like the seed in the tomato plant. This is the origin of “good works”. Jesus told us in Matthew 5:16 to let your light shine before men by doing “good works” that glorify your Father in heaven. So in doing “good works” others see His light. This is the purpose for “good works” In Acts 9:36 we see that “good works” is defined as charitable deeds, or things done for others. This is the action of “good works”. 2 Timothy 2:21 tells us that if we get rid of all the unimportant and distracting things in life, we will become prepared for every “good work” that comes our way. This is the starting point of “good works”.
The bottom line, “good works” are opportunities or test that come into our lives every day. Either we do them or pass them up. Either we are watching for them and eagerly accomplish them, or we are too busy and distracted to notice when a “good work” is right in front of us. If we recognize and complete the “good works” that are in our path, we will be more aware of opportunities to give and serve others and His light will always be shining through us. That is when our “good works” are fruitful and producing more opportunities to serve and love on others.
Lastly, Jesus said in Luke 19:17 to be faithful with little before you can be trusted with much. If you are always passing over the little opportunities to look for greater ones, you are not being faithful with the least. If you are passing over “good work” opportunities only to do what is comfortable and convenient, your fruit will be mostly rotten and worthless.
Today I want to encourage you to walk worthy of the LORD by pleasing Him in every “good work” that He puts in your pathway. Whether it is small or great, be faithful in the little and the big things. The bottom line is that you become the same person whether you are being seen by no one or everyone. Your response is to God and He is the one that is always watching and empowering you. So today, begin to serve others at every opportunity. Whether great or small, lend a helping hand, give of your resources and just love all those that come into your life. These “good works” will produce a closer walk with the LORD and grow your knowledge of who He is, because you are acting like Him by loving and giving to others.
Today’s scripture reading: Colossians 1:9-18