Paul exhorts us to “let the Word of Christ dwell richly within.”
This is my story; this is my song! God reveals Himself primarily through His Word rather than through emotional experiences at our local church meeting. Before anyone protests, I am not saying that God is not in our church meetings or revivals or weekend retreats; I am saying that if you are looking for God, open your Bible.
The real God is found in these pages, which He writes on our hearts every day as we read and study His very Words.
Which is better? To hear the actual words of your best friend or to go to a meeting to hear someone else’s words about your best friend? The answer is obvious, writes Paul. He tells us to let the Word of Christ live inside of us with the riches of the Holy Spirit to guide us into all wisdom.
How is it that we teach others? Teach others to open God’s Word; to allow God’s Word to permeate the mind and soul. In this way, we will each know what is the will of God
Thanksgiving approaches, but every day is a day of giving thanks. “The Lord, He is God!” God made us; we belong to Him. “We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.” (Psalm 100: 3)
Being His sheep, we are to “enter His gates with thanksgiving.” Inside His pasture, we are safe under the watchful eye of the Great Shepherd. At His feet, we are to praise Him, thank Him, bless His Name.
“For the Lord is good.” His Love is steadfast; He is faithful forever. “For You, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon You.” (Psalm 86: 5) Like sheep, let us rely solely on Him.
“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34: 1) “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His Name together!” (Psalm 34: 3)
The psalmist is not saying that we should not be around “the wicked.” Rather we are not to “walk in the counsel of the wicked.” We are not to “sit in the seat of scoffers.” We are not to base our decisions on the recommendations or rules of the wicked and scoffers.
Jesus does not come to take us out of the world, for we are “the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5: 13)
As salt, we keep the world seasoned, preserved, cured. We make the wounds of the world sting.
Paul reminds us to “walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.” (Colossians 4: 5) He tells us to “let [our] speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that [we] may know how [we] ought to answer each person.” (Colossians 4: 6)
Jesus prays to the Father, “I do not ask that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one… As You sent Me into the world, so I have sent them into the world… The glory that You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one. I in them and You in Me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them even as You loved Me.” (John 17: 15, 22 – 24)