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A Messy Bathroom and Being Filled with Spiritual Wisdom

Colossians 1:9 "For this reason sinced the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spirutal wisdom and understanding." What an encouragement it must have been to the Colossians to have read this verse. The apostle Paul himself has put them on his personal prayer list. This probably was a huge moment in the life of the Colossian church. Paul goes on to explain the content of his prayers as asking that God might fill them with the knowledge of His will with all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Being “filled” is the Greek word plyrothete which means fill, or fulfill much the same way as in English. Likewise, can also mean to complete. Here in this verse, Paul sets down what ought to be the heart prayer of us all—that we might be filled; filled with the knowledge of God’s will and filled with all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

I love the imagery here that Paul uses as he prays for the Colossians. He asked that they woudl be "filled" with knowledge of God's will and all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Being filled means being completely full. I think of a completeness and a soundness in my understanding. I think of a fullness and completeness of that which is of God and the absence of that which is of this world. I think of filling my bathtub, which is right now partially filled with kid’s toys, but if we were to fill it with water, as the water level rises, and if we never shut it off, it would eventually rise and overflow so that even the plastic sharks and boats would flow out of it because it is so filled with water. There would be water everywhere, and my wife would think I'm nuts, but the bathtub would be filled.

The person who is filled with the knowledge of God’s will with all spiritual wisdom and understanding is so overflowing with pure wisdom from God in part because they have been filled with the waters of God’s wisdom and partly because those waters have cleansed and pushed out the impurities and thinking of this world. And this is God’s will for us, that we be filled with the cleansing, soul-refreshing wisdom and insight that comes from fellowship with our God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Well, the natives have awoken and I've got to get on with the day.

Grace and peace,

Russ
Russ Brewer

Russ Brewer

Rescued from the domain of darkness, transferred to the kingdom of the Son. Undershepherd of Grace. Husband of Corinne. Father of three. Chew-toy to Zeke...

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