I have a goal. It is given to me by God. I must focus on pleasing God. Jesus leads the way in the salvation parade. Jesus only had one goal. It was to do the will of His Father. Jesus teaches us to pray “Your will be done!”
For this reason also, since 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 spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Master, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. | Colossians 1:9–10 (NASB)
Every believer needs to have “the knowledge of His will.” The Greek word translated “knowledge” carries the meaning of “full knowledge.” There is always more to learn about God and His will for our lives. No disciple would ever dare to say that he had “arrived” and needed to learn nothing more. Like the college freshman who handed in a ten-page report on “The History of the Universe,” that disciple would only declare his ignorance.
The will of God is an important part of a successful discipleship life. God wants us to know His will and understand it. God is not a distant dictator who issues orders and never explains. Because we are His friends, we can know what He is doing and why He is doing it. As we study His Word and pray, we discover new and exciting truths about God’s will for His people.
But how does this take place? How can believers grow in the full knowledge of God’s will? Paul’s closing words of Colossians 1:9 tell us: “By means of all wisdom and spiritual insight” (literal translation). We understand the will of God through the Word of God. The Holy Spirit teaches us as we submit to Him. As we pray and sincerely seek God’s truth, He gives us through the Spirit the wisdom and insight that we need.
The general will of God for all His children is given clearly in the Bible. The specific will of God for any given situation must always agree with what He has already revealed in His Word. The better we know God’s general will, the easier it will be to determine His specific guidance in daily life. Paul did not encourage the Colossians to seek visions or wait for voices. He prayed that they might get deeper into God’s Word and thus have greater wisdom and insight concerning God’s will. He wanted them to have “all wisdom”—not that they would know everything, but that they would have all the wisdom necessary for making decisions and living to please God.
Great men of God like Charles Spurgeon, G. Campbell Morgan, and H.A. Ironside never had the privilege of formal Bible training. But they were devoted students of the Word, learning its deeper truths through hours of study, meditation, and prayer. The first step toward fullness of life is spiritual intelligence—growing in the will of God by knowing the Word of God
- Colossians 1:9–10 (NASB) — 9 For this reason also, since 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 spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Master, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
- 2 Corinthians 5:9 — 9 Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.
- Romans 14:18 — 18 For he who in this way serves the Messiah is acceptable to God and approved by men.
- Ephesians 5:10 — 10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Master.
- Ephesians 5:17 — 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Master is.
Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 2, pp. 110–111). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.