Colossians 1:10 “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.”
Does God care about how we live? According to Colossians 1:10 the answer is a resounding YES! God cares greatly about how I live my life and He expects me to live in a way that is worthy of Him. What does that mean exactly? It means that what I do, what I say, how I think, should all be reflective of the character of God and His sacrifice for me, to put it simply God wants me to live like Christ lived. Christ gave us the perfect example of how to live in such a way as to bring full glory and honor to God, so we as followers of Christ must commit ourselves to studying and understanding how Christ lived and then allow that to be our example for daily conduct. Are you living like Christ today? Have you ever even consider what it looks like to live like Christ or how to accomplish it?
As we begin to live like Christ a couple of things happen, the first is that we please God. This is not only the result of living like Christ but it is also the purpose for living like Him. As a Christian I should want nothing more then to make God happy and He tells us that what makes Him most happy is when we allow the Gospel that has saved us to take its natural course in transforming our daily lives to be lived like Him. Verse 10 tell us a couple of other things naturally happen as we pursue Christ daily, the first is that we begin bearing fruit. I don’t have to get up every morning and say “How can I go produce fruit for God today?” “What good work should I try to accomplish today so that I can have good fruit for God?” No, I simply must get up and say today I’m going to live like Christ and as I do that fruit will be naturally produced. No life has ever produced more spiritual fruit for God then the life of Christ’s because He lived every second of it in perfect obedience to the Fathers will, so the more I live like Him the more fruit, glory and honor I will naturally produce for God.
The second thing that naturally happens as I pursue Christ daily is that my knowledge and love for God increases. The more I chose to deny self, flesh and sin and instead chose to live like Christ the more I will find my love and understanding of who God is and what He wants for my life growing. To sum it up, the natural result of a life that has been transformed by the Gospel is a life that looks like our Lord. For the Christian living our lives for ourselves is unnatural and only results in discouragement, despair and doubts about God. He desires that you live like His Son so that you bring glory to Him and grow to love and know Him even more.