North Pointe family,
I remember the first time some friends invited me to “type” a seminary paper on their new word processor. They tried desperately to explain the advantages of word processor over a typewriter. I resisted their offer. I couldn’t imagine typing a paper on a computer. Finally, they sold me on the idea when they told me that if I used their word processor, I wouldn’t have to use white-out. The word processor had a better way to make changes and correct mistakes. Hesitantly, I agreed to try their word processor. As I started, I remember that I had to grow in my skill and understanding in using the word processor. I kept mixing up the use of the arrow key with the spacebar and backspace key. But as I kept working, I was amazed at the resources available on the word processor.
Like my approach with the word processor, many of us are skeptical when it comes to believing that fullness of life is found in Christ. We also can’t imagine the spiritual resources that are available to us in Christ. That is why Paul prays what he does for the Colossians:
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Colossians 1:9
When Paul prays that they understand God’s will, he is not praying that they would know God’s specific will. Rather he is praying they would know the fullness of God’s redemptive will for them. He is praying that they would understand all the ways in which God wants to rescue and bring them out of their former way of life. In praying for wisdom, he is praying that they would have skill in living life. This skill comes from God Himself. Going back to the opening example, as we go through life, Paul doesn’t want us working on a typewriter when we have a word processor available to us.
I’m praying we take hold of all God has for us.