Monday, February 07, 2011

Take action

Alan, at The Assembling of the Church has been going through Colossians in preparation for teaching it next month. Right now he is reviewing Paul's (and Timothy's) prayer for the church in Colossae; one thing jumped out at me that I would like to highlight:

...knowledge of God’s will, wisdom, and spiritual understanding never remain in the mental realm. Instead, they result in action on the part of the person/group who knows God’s will and has wisdom and spiritual understanding. The purpose of knowing God’s will is so that we will live according to it.

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In my line of work, this is a truth that needs to be emphasized over and over again. It is so easy to get caught up in the cerebral aspects. But, as the Eastern Orthodox repeatedly say, study should result in worship. And worship includes obedience. Alan goes on to say “the power to live according to God<'s> will is supplied by God alone. We work from the power that God provides.” To which I give a hearty “Amen!
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