For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.
— Colossians 1:9-10 (NIV)
Adapted from the resource Starting Your Day Right – by Joyce Meyer
Even though we won’t fully reach it this side of eternity, God’s Word encourages us to strive for perfection by growing into complete maturity and godliness in mind and character, having integrity, like our heavenly Father (see Matthew 5:48).
Paul said that even though he hadn’t attained the ideal of perfection, he pressed on to grasp and make his own that for which Christ had laid hold of him (see Philippians 3:12). Like Paul, let’s strive for maturity and integrity today.
I want to encourage you to invite the Holy Spirit to teach you and help you grow in each area of your life. The more you grow and produce mature, godly behavior, the more you’ll shine and show others God’s love (see Matthew 5:16).
Prayer Starter: Father, please show me where and how I can grow today. Thank You for giving me the grace to shine Your light into this dark world, and to help people find You. In Jesus’ name, amen.