Colossians 1: 9-14

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

This scripture so sums up the study we did last week on decision making. Paul knows that God will give the Colossians knowledge of his will – it comes through wisdom and understanding! That’s what the mind renewal is all about.

And the purpose? So they live a life worthy of God and please him. This is how we do these two things – bearing fruit in good works, growing in knowledge of him, being strengthened to have endurance and patience and being joyful. This will bring glory to God.

<contented sigh>