Monday, January 19, 2009
Is God's Word at Home in Your Heart?
Col 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.
Psa 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
I heard a saying recently that went like this:
Know it in your head.
Stow it in your heart.
Show it in your life. And
Sow it in the world.
In Colossians 3:16, Paul admonishes us to "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly." That word "dwell" actually means "to be at home." Paul is saying that God's word ought to be at home in our lives. It means that it can come in the front door and there are no rooms that are off limits.
Last night, when I got home, I came in the back door and before the night was over, I had gone through every room and closet. Why? Because I was at home. However, sometimes when company comes over unexpectedly, we don't have time to clean all the rooms. So, we only clean the main one's and shut the doors to the dirty one's. In other words, some rooms are off limits.
Six months ago we put our house on the market. Now, company can drop by at a moment's notice. So, we have to keep all rooms and closets clean all the time, because we don't know when someone might want to drop by and look at the house. I believe that is how we should be when it comes to the Word of God.
It should be so at home that we're not afraid for it to go into any rooms of our life, because there are none off limits. We often want to compartmentalize our lives, and say, "Well, the word applies to my going to church on Sunday, but this other area, well that's my thing." If we are saved, the Scripture says we are not our own. There is nothing that belongs to us, and if Jesus is Lord, the answer is always, "Yes," to whatever he tells us to do.
The word of God then applies to our thought life, our busines practices, how we treat others beginning with our spouse and children, our appetites, our leisure time (what we do for fun and when we do it; how about what we listen to or watch on TV?), and every other are of our life. God's word and God's peace umpire in our lives. They make the final call on all matters, including where we go, what we do, and when we do it. We abide by their call whether we like it or not!
I ask you today, "Is God's word at home in your heart?" Are you hiding it there, so you won't sin against God? Does it have complete access to every part of your life? If not, start today. Study it; heed it; hide it; memorize it; meditate on it; and let it rule. God has a wonderfully abundant life waiting on us, if we just trust Him enough to do it His way. God bless you!