28th March 2023

Let Christ’s message fill your life

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
Colossians 3:16 (NLT)

‘Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.’

Jesus, being the ultimate teacher, involves us and invites us to participate in the life of his church and his ministry. Colossians 3:16 starts with ‘Let,’ as in permit. Participation with Christ is a choice – our choice.

‘Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives.’ I love this translation: Let the word be at home in your heart.

Home is where we wear pajamas and no makeup; where we relax and share our hearts’ desires and innermost fears with those closest to us. Inviting the word to be at home in our hearts is not much different. We spend lots of time together, but there are no formalities. As I heard one pastor amusingly describe it, we invite the word into the family room (not the formal living room), we put our feet up on the coffee table, we watch Netflix, and we eat cereal together!

This is not disrespectful. It’s merely the casualness and intimacy that comes from knowing someone well and regularly hanging out in God’s word.

‘Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.’ There are few things that revive the soul quite like good praise and worship music. It can move me to tears. I’ve been known to listen to a great song on repeat for – well, a long time!

There are also few things that bring joy to the soul quite like gratitude. Several years ago, I committed to writing a short daily gratitude entry for fifty days. I ended up looking for ‘gratitude opportunities’ all day long, and the side effect of these fifty short daily writings was life changing. Even in the mess of daily life, my heart was full as I looked for the positives.

So, how can we be involved and participate in the life of Christ? I’m pretty sure it starts with these two things in Colossians 3:16 – we put the words of God into our life, and we put the worship of God with gratitude into our life.

Lord, I invite your word into my heart and mind. Holy Spirit, please flood my soul with your word. Let me be saturated with your word of truth and get to know you more and more each day. I want to know you, and be known by you, so I can participate in your love.

Let me love others like you love us. Lord, I praise you and give thanks for all your good and wonderful blessings. In Jesus name, amen.

Study by Gillian Houghton


First published on 19 October 2022 in GCI Update Devotionals https://update.gci.org 

About the writer:
Gillian Houghton serves as the GCI Canadian Board Chair.

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