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Being Deliberate: Increasing in the Knowledge of God

Posted by Emily Jones on

“For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ” (Colossians 2:5, ESV).

 

A few days ago, I mentioned to a group of brothers and sisters that some of the people I connect with on video chat regularly confess how much they hate having to “meet” on a screen. Before I could continue, one of the brothers interrupted me to say, “And we need to remember that this isn’t normal. It shouldn’t feel comfortable. It’s not something we want to get used to. We should long for the day to be able to speak to one another in person and gather together once again.” All at once I felt scolded and loved. He wasn’t being harsh, nor did his tone call me out specifically, but it got me thinking about what I treasure and how the things I love influence my interactions with others.

Deliberate Growth

“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11).

An ever-increasing kind of love. Our prayer should be the same, that our holiness and love will never stop increasing. Like instruments to a melody, knowledge of Christ is the accompaniment to growing in love, as well as the ability to make wise distinctions every day.

A principle of life is the more we know about any given thing the more quickly we will be able to discern what comes next. Practice makes (almost) perfect. The same message is communicated in Scripture. The Bible helps us become so familiar with God that we are increasingly more able to choose rightly according to His will, to love more purely as He loves. Scripture fills us with a greater understanding of God so that external circumstances can be approached in the best way. As we daily pursue Christlikeness, purity and righteousness increase. These are attribute which will define our future reality—completely pure, completely blameless—they must also be part of our present reality.

Meditative Requests

Let us take a cue from the parable of the persistent widow and pray with intent, insistently asking God: “Help me understand the meaning of Your precepts so that I can meditate on Your wonders” (Psalm 119:27, CSB).

“And will not God give justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night? Will He delay long over them? I tell you, He will give justice to them speedily” (Luke 18:7-8, ESV). 

Self-Reflection

Are we being faithful to what God has entrusted to us?

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13).

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