Colossians 1:9-14 & 24-29 Growing in your Christian faith

David continued with the new series in Colossians by asking how, as followers of Jesus, we determine or measure our growth.

SO THAT WE MAY PRESENT EVERYONE FULLY MATURE IN CHRIST

Like much of what is taught in the New Testament, Paul and Timothy’s deep desire for these Colossian believers was to see them grow and develop in their faith. 

Working backwards from v.28 to focus on vv.9-14, David outlined several indicators to help us gauge our individual growth as followers of Jesus. These can also serve as prayer points for us and for the person sitting beside us.

GIVING THANKS TO THE FATHER, WHO HAS QUALIFIED YOU TO SHARE IN THE INHERITANCE OF THE SAINTS IN LIGHT. HE HAS DELIVERED US FROM THE DOMINION OF DARKNESS AND TRANSFERRED US TO THE KINGDOM OF HIS BELOVED SON, IN WHOM WE HAVE REDEMPTION, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS

Five things that God has done for each of us, which we can circle back to time and again to help us grow and mature as believers:

1. Qualified you – enabled you to share in the inheritance of all the saints, something that will never spoil, fade, or lose its beauty

2. Delivered (rescued) you – from rebellion (sin) and its devastating consequences, so that this no longer determines your destiny or rules your heart and your mind

3. Transferred you – to Jesus’ kingdom for all time and into eternity

4. Redeemed (purchased) you – all of God’s doing – Jesus’ death paid the price

5. Forgiven you – Jesus has cancelled the record of charges against you: past, present, and future

Whatever any of us are feeling as we read this, we can be assured that God has done these five things for us and it is from this reality, this position, this truth, that we move forward and seek to grow as followers of Jesus.

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. MAY YOU BE STRENGTHENED WITH ALL POWER, ACCORDING TO HIS GLORIOUS MIGHT, FOR ALL ENDURANCE AND PATIENCE WITH JOY


Paul and Timothy’s prayer for these Colossian believers, and for every Christian down the centuries, provides a blueprint for growth.


Eight specific ways in which we can pray for others, but which also double as markers to gauge our own Christian growth:


1. To know God’s will in every area of life – being aware of what God wants you to be doing and speaking about: in your home, in your workplace, in your relationships, in your social life
2. To have spiritual wisdom and understanding – as a continual process and a developing reality in your life, so that you may:
3. Live to please God in every area of your life
4. See evidence of godly outcomes from serving and blessing others
5. Get to know God better
6. To become stronger in your faith through God’s power – believing that God’s Spirit, who lives within you and is at work in your life, will fill you with God’s strength each day, so that you will have:
7. Endurance – particularly in and through challenging circumstances
8. Patience – to hang in there and respond to people in a godly way, filled with joy

As you reflect on these growth indicators and prayer points from Colossians 1, ask God to give you a deep desire to cultivate them in your own life and within the wider community of God’s people: church, small group, ministry team, other activity.

Reflection

  • Are you continuing to grow and develop in your Christian faith?
  • How will you gauge this?
  • Are you presenting to other people as mature in your relationship with Christ?
  • How will you pray for the people around you?
Patrick Davidson

Patrick Davidson

I’m Patrick and I oversee one of the small groups at Windsor. I work in a sixth form centre, and volunteer with CAP and The Dock café. Prior to this I worked as a project manager in the voluntary sector, a learning mentor, and in church planting. At home I enjoy DIY and cooking.
Patrick Davidson
I’m Patrick and I oversee one of the small groups at Windsor. I work in a sixth form centre, and volunteer with CAP and The Dock café. Prior to this I worked as a project manager in the voluntary sector, a learning mentor, and in church planting. At home I enjoy DIY and cooking.