By Caleb Chiam
It was just a regular Bible study on Colossians. Part of the passage we were looking at was Colossians 1:9-10, which reads: “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.”
As we looked at this passage, it dawned on me that what Paul prayed for, amongst all sorts of things that would enable them to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, was in essence, to grow.
But what he prioritised in his prayers was for them to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. And how do we today know God’s will? We find that in God’s Word, the Bible.
It seems almost superfluous to say that God’s Word enables our growth and yet I wonder if we give this short shrift. As I recalled my own Christian journey, I realised that undergirding my mind and heart in those tough times, undergirding people’s influence on me and undergirding my service of God were the truths of His Word. Had the Word not taught me those truths first, every single one of those moments or situations would have been utterly wasted. I also realised how easy it was to assume that I knew or understood enough of God’s Word.
Looking back with renewed lenses, I realised that every single bit of growth I had experienced (especially in evangelism, which I am naturally weak in) found its fundamental source in God’s Word. Certainly God used other elements to bring that growth to the surface. But the Word was the seed that eventually sprouted into fruit. May we never forget the importance of God’s Word in growing us!