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 2
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.
I. The Word Abounding in the Life of a Believer
The input of the Word into our lives will result in the output of the Word from our lives. Paul says that this will be expressed by teaching and admonishing one another.
A. The Participation (Colossians 3:16b) teaching and admonishing one another...
Paul reveals we are responsible to actively participate in sharing the truth and wisdom we have learned with others. This is simply taking the truth you have received and sharing it in related situations in the lives of others. Unfortunately, I have noticed a disturbing trend today among professing believers. There is a poverty of Scripture in our churches. They are Biblically illiterate and therefore spiritually fragile (Hosea 6:4). They would rather feel good than be spirit filled. The church's teaching ministry must help its members understand. There is a danger today, as there was in Paul's day, that local churches minimize the Word of God. There seems to be a lack of simple Bible teaching in Sunday School classes and pulpits. It is not enough to have the Word in you, it must be in you in wisdom if you are to make proper application. You cannot inform others about the Word if you do not have the Word richly in you and are not well acquainted with it. You cannot give out what you have not put in. To teach is to instruct, inform, and to communicate knowledge to another. The Lord wants us to learn from Him and to teach others. (See Proverbs 11:14; 12:15; 15:22; 19:20; 20:5; 27:9.) Teaching is imparting the truth of God’s Word. The more we study the Bible, the better equipped we will be to teach others. We should say as the psalmist, “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me” (Psalm 25:5). Often in the Old Testament, the word “teach” means to point. We should be pointing people to God and to the truth of His Word. God holds us accountable for what we teach others (James 3:1). New believers learn how to live as the children of God when they observe the older saints imitating Christ, coping with the passions of the flesh and reacting spiritually when love is tested. To teach and counsel refers to the whole congregation and their responsibility to teach the Word. We should absorb so much of the Scriptures that we are so spiritually saturated that we may release our studies to those students we are teaching. It will be expressed in sermons and studies: "teaching and admonishing one another." That has to do with our public life. We will constantly minister God's Word to others in a helpful way. We will help others to understand the Scriptures and to apply its truths to their hearts. We will reveal its treasures, resolve its mysteries, and relate its principles to life. Spiritual experience goes hand in hand with spiritual enthusiasm.
II Timothy 2:2, And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Paul was also a godly mentor to many young preachers. He took a personal interest in the lives of those he led to Christ. Rather than leaving them to learn about Christianity on their own in a day of much religious confusion, Paul took them under his wing and taught them of God and His Word. One of those young men was Timothy. Paul was Timothy's spiritual mentor. He taught him of the faith, showed him how to follow God, and warned him against dangers he might face. If you don't have anyone to mentor, look for someone in your church or in your family who you can help you grow closer to God. A good mentor is someone who is spiritual (has a daily relationship with God), faithful to God's house and someone that can be trusted. A mentor will help keep people accountable and counsel you on matters you face in life. God has allowed us Christians to be influences in the lives of other Christians. If you're a mentor, you know the joys of helping a new convert understand the faith and seeing them grow in faith. Thank God that He has allowed you to have a part in mentoring and that He has provided mentors in your life. A good relationship with a wise mentor is like having personal access to a goldmine. It’s an opportunity anyone would be foolish to not take advantage of! Proverbs 1:5 reminds us, “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels...” God has given us the opportunity to be an influence in the lives of others. In each congregation of Christians, every person is a teacher, and every person a learner. Each of us has something to share out of our personal experiences with God. Each of us has something to learn from brothers and sisters in Christ. Christianity is more than what we don't do. It involves an active life of service, desiring always to please God. As a general rule, teachers teach more by what they are than by what they say.
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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