Colossians 3:16-17 – “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” NASU
In speaking to the Church at Colossae the apostle Paul gives them a discourse on love, humility, compassion, gentleness, and forgiveness. His message is so powerful that each time I read it I tremble realizing, my own deficiency and short-comings. It brings me to a place of repentance each time and I am thankful that it continues to have that effect on my heart. I never want a calloused heart that can read the Word of God without being touched by it through the Holy Spirit. Then he comes to the text that I have chosen for this devotional and it is equally powerful.
His admonition is for each of us to Let or Allow, which is an act of our will or choice on our part, something to transpire or be birthed in our hearts. It requires our involvement in the process and is not something done to us but done in us as we cooperate with the Spirit of God. He says, “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you….” Wow! Imagine the Word of Christ living “inside us.” Not just floating around in our brains but Living inside of us and producing the life that it brings.
That LIVING WORD produces:
- ALL WISDOM – – Enabling us to be taught and teach each other.
- THE TOOLS – – Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs. (It would serve you well to carefully examine the difference in each of those and their significance)
- THE OBJECTIVE – – A life of Thanksgiving so that whatever we do in Word or Deed we do in the Name of the Lord.
We find ourselves not just representatives of Christ but manifestations of Him to the world who is longing for something real and relevant in their troubled lives. Too many churches and Christians are trying to be modern without really being relevant or without dealing with the Root Causes of the Problems that people face. I am not interested in just having a crowd I am interested in seeing people Freed From Bondage. If that means I minister to a House Full or a Hand Full it is perfectly fine with me. The objective is bringing people to an encounter and place in God where “The Word of Christ can richly dwell in them…..” It is in that state that I know from experience and the Word of God that there will bring Liberation from the Bondage of the devil and a New Found Freedom that will create an attitude and atmosphere of Thanksgiving and Praise which is infectious to those seeking Liberty!
May the Lord be with you as you go through your day!