Tuesday, January 14, 2014
I have started a daily devotional that covers the book of Colossians. Today I got to chapter 3. As I read through the chapter I was really struck with the idea that this is our "instructions" for life. How often to we joke, or even complain that "kids don't come with instructions" or "I wish I had a how-to book for my husband", etc. And yet, in a very real sense, we do! The apostle Paul, in 25 verses, outlines what we as Christians should do and not do, both in terms of actions, and also attitudes.
My favorite was verse 16: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
I felt especially drawn to the phrase, "dwell in you richly." Too often I am content to mostly listen to the sermon on Sunday morning, but forget it by Tuesday, and to read Scripture daily, but just skim it over. God's words to us, whether through Scriptures or through preaching, must dwell in us richly. We must have understanding and contemplate what we hear and read. This also made me incredible thankful for the many opportunities my church provides for study, whether in adult Sunday School, Bible Study, or by just putting me with others who want to search and understand Scriptures, too. I'm also thankful for the emphasis my church puts on training for kids - the word must dwell richly in them, too!