“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;” Col. 1: 10, ESV
To walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, conveys an individual’s life committed in word, thought, and deed to God. Walk, from the Greek peripateõ, indicating all the activities of an individual’s life (Vine, W. E., et. al. 1996, 664).
“we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.” 1 Thessalonians 2:12, ESV
From Colossians chapter 1 and verse 9 of the text, we see that this instruction to “walk in a manner worthy of God” is possible only by the prayers of Paul and Timothy for the saints at Colossae through the power of the Holy Spirit. Our Lord Jesus Christ is preeminent in all things and should be our focus. The scripture tells us that walking in a manner worthy of the Lord is pleasing to Him, and the believer bears fruit and increases in spiritual knowledge because of obedience to God’s Word.
From Colossians chapter 1 and verse 9 of the text, we see that this exhortation to “walk in a manner worthy of God” is understood possible only by the prayers of Paul and Timothy for the saints at Colossae through the power of the Holy Spirit:
“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,” Colossians 1:9, ESV
A person could have fifty dollars in her purse and never use it for its intended purpose. Its value is not realized until she uses it. Until then, it’s just a piece of paper folded up in her purse. Until it is used, its existence has no real meaning. Similarly, believers have value imputed unto us by God. Until we walk worthy of the Lord, however, we are not useful. The believer’s life not lived for its useful purpose, walking worthy of the Lord, is a life that doesn’t please Him. It does not bear fruit, nor can the believer increase in spiritual knowledge.
For we can only walk worthy of Him according to His glorious might:
“being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;” Colossians 1:11, ESV
Believers should pray and give thanks for each other throughout each day and ask the Lord to give us His spiritual wisdom and understanding. It should be as regular an activity as satisfying our periodic physical hunger or thirst. Finally, we should seek out opportunities to be useful in our local churches and broader communities to the glory of God so that our every word, thought, and deed is committed to His Word. For we can only walk worthy of Him according to His glorious might!
Do you know that God loves you?
Vine, W. E., Merrill F. Unger, and William White Jr. 1996. Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.