Depth of insight

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.”

Philippians 1:9

How deep and thorough is this depth of insight? How particular is the discernment we are promised here?

Automatically we think it has to do with understanding the Holy Scriptures, and nothing to do with “what’s for dinner?” We are taught that the spiritual is more important than the physical… sure we die anyway! What does it matter what we eat..?

God is not a superficial Saviour. He saves us and teaches us to follow Him. The consequences of that are huge. It will affect everything we do, say, think, touch. Our love abounds as our knowledge and depth of insight grows. All of us must grow and if we neglect one part of our being it will affect all the others parts of ourselves. Bodies and souls and supposed to be together and are only temporarily separated by death. Heaven will be full of redeemed souls and bodies.

Therefore we must grow. The better we grow, the more love we have. Doing the best for ourselves is of prime importance. We cannot function depressed, hungry and sick. We are all responsible for ourselves and to take care of our whole selves is our chief task. If we allow ourselves to become unhealthy, it is hard to be holy. As we grow, so our insight grows and we can “see” better.

We will become more particular, and concerned about the way things are. We will experience things that distress us, because they are not right, nor done carefully. We can discern what is best, because we have insight. As we exercise insight, it will lead to righteous living and God will be seen in our lives and therefore praised for His greatness and holiness.

It turns out “what’s for dinner?” is a cogent question, and reflects someone who cares about themselves as well as dinner. Dinner must be good, good for us and a pleasure to eat. Our homes should suit us and reflect us. The insight we use to organise them will reflect who we serve and what our characters are like. Funds have nothing to do with it. The power of God will manifest itself in all our daily tasks, and we will work and not be lazy.

This is for everyone…

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