Taught of God
"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:" - Colossians 1:9-10 NIV Winston Churchill once said, “I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.” I don’t believe I’ve ever encountered a genuine Christian who didn’t want to learn more about God and/or their relationship with Him. However in almost complete unanimity Christians don’t seem to like being taught the actual lessons. I would go so far as to say that this dislike resides in most people, regardless of faith. You see the mere desire to learn often remains in the theoretical. But once we are activley being taught, lessons require actual work and sometimes even testing. One of the most challenging lessons we learn, which goes against our “what's in it for me” culture is seen right here in verse 10; that our lives, lived in submission to the will of God, are lived for no other reason than to be “worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way.” The lesson that God, His expectations and His joys are preeminent is an easy lesson to sign up for, but a tremendously difficult lesson to actually live out. Paul declares to the Colossians that he and his colleagues are actively praying for knowledge and understanding (that only the Spirit gives) so as to enable them to live this Christian life. This is where we should rest easier and spend a great deal more time in prayer. You see the scriptures declare that it is the Spirit of God that is required to learn these great lessons. He is our teacher. So whether you have a desire to learn or you're in the midst of being taught a specific lesson, might I suggest that we follow Paul's model and spend time praying that the Spirit of God give us what we need. Questions to Consider: How important is praying for Spirit given wisdom and understanding to living a life worthy of and pleasing to God? Do you spend more time praying for Gods help or attempting to will yourself to get it right all the time?