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;Colossians 1:9–10
I didn’t grow up on a farm, but we did have three acres of land behind our house and, at different times, we had a goat and some rabbits in addition to our usual population of dogs and cats (along with my brother and four sisters.) One time when I was very young, my mother cooked a chicken dinner at my dad’s request. According to legend, my sisters ate up and finished the feast at which point my father told them it was rabbit; our rabbit! Needless to say my sisters were traumatized! In EB White’s classic book, Charlotte’s Web, a young girl named Fern grows up on a farm. Farms are great; so many ways of growing, harvesting, and providing food for the world. But one day Fern realized she had to stop the harvesting of one of the farm’s products; a small pig named Wilbur.
“Fern was up at daylight, trying to rid the world of injustice. As a result, she now has a pig. A small one to be sure, but nevertheless a pig. It just shows what can happen if a person gets out of bed promptly.” – Charlotte’s Web
If you want to accomplish something really special, really worthy, you have to believe in it 100% and commit to it 100%. You have to pursue it without ceasing. You have to live in such a way that your negative choices don’t derail or distract you from its path. In shorter terms, you need to be faithful. If you truly have a desire to grow and maybe even see others grow in Christ in addition to yourself, you need to strongly consider rising in the morning and committing to a time of prayer and study. No one gets stronger without lifting weight and no one grows closer to God without spending time with Him.
As you grow closer to God through prayer and study of His word, don’t be surprised if you start to see the Wilburs of this world and learn to love your neighbor, look out for the welfare of the weak, and open your life to let others in that need rescue. That’s what Jesus did and, if you’re serious about following Him, you’ll do it too.
Questions to ponder
Think of a time you felt bullied, discarded, or used by others; what were the circumstances and did anyone stick up for or save you?
The scripture we read talked about “be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding;” how do you think that happens? What can you do to see these things grow in your life?
Take another look at Colossians 1:9-10 or set an alarm today to do it later and ask yourself, “how does God measure faithfulness in my life and how should I live?” What answers do those verses contain? By the way, don’t forget to look out for the little guy today.