Paul prayed that we would know God…not just a head knowledge, but a spiritual wisdom and understanding (Colossians 1:9). He then prayed we would honor and please God with our lives…in essence, to love God relationally (Colossians 1:10). Then he prayed for that all of our knowing and loving would culminate into obedient serving!
Colossians 1:10 ...and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit.
Serving is the action that comes out of the Jesus follower…the fruit of our life. It is the example that Jesus set as well. In Mark 10:45 Jesus tells us that he didn’t come to be served but to be the servant of all.
Serving can either be a burden or a blessing. If our serving comes out of thanksgiving for all that God has done, is doing and will do for us then we are most certainly blessed to bear fruit for our King. If we aren’t settled on who or why we are serving (a Knowing and/or Loving problem) then our serving can get put into an inappropriate position.
What kind of serving should we do? What type of ‘fruit’ should we bear? Well, if I was a lemon tree, what type of fruit would I bear? Lemons! God has created you to obediently serve Him in ways that only you can do. He has giving you special gifts and talents that make you You. Bear the fruit that He has made you to produce. Do so out of the comfort of His Love and out of the steadiness that comes from Knowing God.
How much fruit should you produce? Jesus told us to ‘bear much fruit’ in John 15:8.