Today’s devotion is an excerpt from a Bible Study Series taught at Fellowship Baptist Church, titled “Biblical Building Blocks for Strengthening Relationships.”
Biblical Building Block #15 Teach One Another (Colossians 3:16) - PART 1
Colossians 3:16, Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
All knowledge comes from God. Teaching begins with letting “the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Colossians 3:16). How can we allow the Word of God to dwell richly among us? We must begin by reading it. According to John 14:26 and 16:13, the Holy Spirit will teach us and guide us in all truth. Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture which they cannot understand; but as for me, I have always noticed that it is the passages in Scripture which I do understand which trouble me the most. We need to be both comforted and troubled by it, as is appropriate to each of our lives.
I. The Word Abiding in the Life of a Believer
Paul links the peace of Christ with the Word of Christ. That Word is to dwell in us. May the Word of Christ take up its abode in our hearts. We need to get the Word out of our Bibles and into our hearts. The Word of Christ dwelling in our hearts becomes a vast treasury of wisdom upon which the Holy Spirit can draw as He guides us through the varying circumstances of life. It will fill our minds, control our lives, and become our constant counselor, companion, and guide. Paul has already reminded his readers that in Christ "are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge". Colossians 2:2-3, “That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” We have all kinds of ways in which to get the Word of Christ where it belongs, into our hearts.
1) We can memorize it.
2) We can meditate upon it daily in our quiet time.
3) We can study it using all available aids and helps.
4) We can quote it in conversation, reinforcing its hold upon our hearts.
5) We can live by it.
A.The Pursuit (Colossians 3:16a) “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.”
If we are to live our lives in a way that pleases the Lord and benefits others, we must seek the Word and the wisdom it offers. Through it we find instruction for our lives, comfort for our pain, help in the struggles we face, and correction for our mistakes. Those whose lives reflect the Word of God will make an impact on a skeptical and reluctant society. Christ is pleased to impart wisdom through His Word, but we must seek it and apply that wisdom to our lives. Knowing the Word is good, but that alone isn't enough. We must take it a step further and allow the Word to direct, challenge, and change our lives. If we are to be all that we should be, we must continually pursue godly wisdom. The Word must dwell "richly" in order to be totally effective. It must be highly prized and appreciated. It has to be cordially received, mixed with faith, appropriated in its fullness, and translated into action. A believer must recognize that he is a spiritual pauper apart from it. The work of Christ must be done in the way or manner of Christ. As believers, we are to live and act as those who bear His name and must do nothing that would make us ashamed to say that we are Christians. This is a principle to live by. “Whatsoever ye do in word or deed” (Colossians 3:17), whether at home, at work, in the church, or out and about. We are to allow the Word of Christ to set up permanent residence in our lives so that it will control our thinking. In other words, both in our relationships with each other and in our relationship with God, we are to be shaped by the Word of God.
Points to Ponder:
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, teach me more about Jesus, more about Your Truth. Empty me of self that I might learn from You. Lord, reveal more of Your Truth within my heart for I know as the end times approach deception will spread. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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