Growing in Knowledge of God
Paul wrote to the church in Colossae, “We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. . .” (Colossians 1:9b-10, NIV). Part of what God wants for us is that we are continually growing more and more in our knowledge of him. It’s our knowledge of God that helps us put all of the other information which swirls around us into a proper context. It helps us to gain insight and wisdom as we approach the way we live our lives.
As I said in the sermon yesterday, knowing truth can help us to discern falsehood. Jesus told the Jews who believed in him, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free,” (John 8:31-32, NIV). I mentioned the “old preachers’ story” about the way federal agents are trained to detect counterfeit bills is by being thoroughly trained in the appearance and feel of the true currency. I want to share the blog post of the Canadian author, Tim Challies, who went for himself to discover if that story was true—you can find it here. It’s worth reading.
We continue to hear more news out of Israel after the horrendous attack by Hamas militants. Continue to pray for those who’ve lost loved ones and for those who are having to leave their homes. Pray for wisdom from God for the leaders of Israel and other world leaders as they respond. Let’s also pray for peace.
I’m writing this morning from a beach in South Carolina where I went to meet Josanne and her family after the service yesterday. Though I’ll be out of town a few days, you can still reach me by phone, text, or email. Let me know if there’s anything that you need.
Remember that this Saturday, there will be a special presentation about Bishop Joseph Stuckey at the Mennonite Heritage Center for those who are interested. You can find more information elsewhere in this E Gram.
Praying that we all continue to grow in the knowledge of God.
Scripture readings for next Sunday John 14:12-14—What are some examples of the way that Jesus’ disciples will do “even greater things than these?”
Leviticus 18:1-5—What is the warning that God is giving the Israelites through Moses?
Ephesians 5:1-7—What does it mean to follow “God’s example”?
Matthew 7:24-29—What does it mean to put the words of Jesus “into practice”?