Growing in the Knowledge of God
By Kristen Terret
“… so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God …” Colossians 1:10
The textbook-sized amounts of information my sister, a fourth-year med student, has to memorize leaves my head spinning. Her journey reminds me of the Pharisees in Jesus’ day—the religious leaders who demanded Pilate crucify Jesus. They were experts in Old Testament Law and could recite scrolls of it. Since they didn’t recognize Jesus as their long awaited Savior, it’s safe to say that they knew the words but didn’t understand them.
My sister’s professors know what the Pharisees didn’t understand—that gaining information is solidified through action. They ask their medical students to complete up to eighty hours of clinical rotations in hospitals each week.
In this verse, Paul prays for believers to live a life worthy of Christ by “bearing fruit”—staying close to Jesus and demonstrating His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22)—and by “growing in the knowledge of God.”
Knowing God certainly means reading, studying, and even memorizing Scripture, but it’s more than this. We come to know Him personally, through experience, as we apply what He teaches and live life with Him. As we do, we’ll begin to see God everywhere—in His glorious creation, our children and loved ones, and miracles that unfold before us. Each time we use biblical truth to impact humanity, we grow in our wisdom and understanding of Him.
Let’s avoid the Pharisee’s mistake and allow biblical living to open our eyes to the wondrous knowledge of God.
Kristen Terretteholds a Master's degree in Theological Studies and served as a Children's Ministry Director for five years. She cherishes her Southern roots and currently lives 45 minutes outside of Atlanta, GA. She’s following her dream by writing Christian fiction during the day and being a wife and mom come early afternoon when the family starts to arrive home. She serves on the Wholly Loved Ministriesteam, serves at her local church on the women's leadership and teaching team, and writes for Crosswalk.com. To see her blog and novels, check out her website at www.kristenterrette.com.
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