Colossians 1:9–14 (ESV)
Thanksgiving and Prayer
9 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, 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. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in
light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
So, what is your role in this? To my fellow Lutherans, I am
not talking about Justification, but I am talking about Sanctification. We are 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. Often I hear Lutherans saying
that we are saved by grace, not by works. I would say we are justified (saved) by grace and sanctified to do good works. After all, compare today’s reading to other scripture such as Ephesians 2:8-10.
Ephesians 2:8–10 (ESV) 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Verse 10 clearly states For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in
I like to think of it this way, we are saved by grace to do good works. Good works is a byproduct of our faith.
I pray: O Lord, help me to never tire from reaching out to others and helping them, and to do it with and in love.
Knowing that what I’m doing is a reaction to what Christ has done for me. He saved me first. Amen.