9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
We are starting a 13 week journey exploring the topic of being “Accountable to God”. We’ll be looking at many different principles and truths that flow out of this Biblical reality.
In today’s passage, Paul is speaking to the church at Collosae. He lets’ them know that He has been praying for them, and what He prays for them is not about simply temporary, earthly needs and desires.Paul has been praying for their character and their spiritual lives.
Notice what Paul prays for them: that they would walk worthy of the Lord, be fruitful in good works, increasing in the knowledge of God, be strengthened with all might, and that they would be patient. He prayed that they’d give thanks to God for making them heirs of the inheritance “of the saints in light.” Paul also points out that we have been delivered from darkness to light by the redemption that came by the blood of Jesus Christ.
These aren’t just spiritual cliche’s that are irrelevant to life. Rather, these are important truths that need to be a part of our life.
Here’s the point as we think about being accountable to God: Because we have been delivered from darkness into light, it should affect what we value and how we live.
There were things that we valued when we were in spiritual darkness. What we value should be different now that we have been brought into a relationship with God.
As we start this series, think about this. Has your faith impacted your values to the degree that it has influenced your decisions and daily actions?