Improv With God
"For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding," - Colossians 1:9 NASB If you look up the word improvisation in the dictionary you'll find a rather misleading definition. "Something that is improvised, especially a piece of music, created without preparation." Any real musician is going to know that improv isn't as spontaneous and free as they make it look. Instead there's quite a bit of preparation that leads to the ability to do this. One must take into account the song being played with its particular style, the key in which it is played and of course the other instruments involved. Not to mention the breadth of knowledge one must have of their own instrument. No one improvises by simply going it alone and doing whatever they please. That would result in a melodic train wreck. In kind, the will of God and the life of the Christian are the same. We can't imagine that our free will would ever lineup with the will of God. In fact this idea of discovering God's meticulous will for our lives creates a great deal of paralysis in most. But just like with improv, in so much as we know the song that God is playing, He allows us a measure of liberty to play along. Concerning the Colossians Paul is in continual prayer that God would fill the young Christians with the knowledge of His will through the Holy Spirit. In other words Paul is asking God to fill people with the song that King Jesus is playing, in turn they are invited to play along through the conduct of their lives. This would be and I believe is Paul's same prayer for you and me. In Romans 12:2 the same apostle Paul shows us how we train in order to improvise in God symphony. He says, "don't conform to the pattern of this world" but instead "be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Although nothing is expressly stated here a general holiness through living by faith is implicit. When we refuse to conform and rather are transformed we will know the will of God. Then and only then will we know God song and how we might play along in harmony with Him. One final and yet important note for today Paul prayed that God would reveal His will through the Spirit. Make no mistake God Himself teaches us this magnificent song. Questions to Consider:
Do you struggle to discern Gods will for your life? Have you prayed about It? How does your life play along in harmony with God?