Pushing Thirty

and shedding pretentions

A Walk Worthy

Last night, I was leading a prayer meeting and prayed using Paul’s words from Colossians, chapter 1.  The prayer goes a little something like this:

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Now, the phrase in bold has always puzzled me, but as I prayed it last night, a powerful understanding overtook me.  The Lord, Jesus, Paul calls in someplace else, “the Lord of Glory.”  He’s the Author of all things beautiful, full of splendor and majesty.  One could say he’s easy on the eyes; or maybe he’s not, since he’s full of blazing brightness.  Wherever you land, he’s got beauty enough to fascinate the human heart and hold it captive.  There’s always more to see, always more to thrill the human heart.

It’s when we struggle with lesser loves that our “walk” isn’t worthy of Him.  If we find ourselves consumed by pornography, or overcome with anger, or weighed down with despair, our lives are denying that Jesus has any real staying power for our hearts.  In fact, its only out of boredom that we end up in those places anyhow.  If we had been clear about where our thirst for beauty and significance could truly be met, those sins would have seriously lacked allure.

And so Paul prays that we might be a people who are satisfied deeply with the glorious splendor of Jesus’ majesty, a people who have had their deepest thirsts quenched in the endless beauty of the God-Man.  It is only when we are satisfied that our lives truly own up to Christ.  We give God glory when our lives declare, “He has fulfilled me in the deepest way imagineable; Come all ye who are thirsty and drink.”


July 13, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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