Hitting the Mark
Devoted to Unity & Peace – Part 7
Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:12-17
Key Verse: Colossians 3:14
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
If we are truly going to be devoted to unity and peace in all our relationships, it must start within our hearts; our thought life. Our minds must be shaped by the Word of God for us to think in terms of unity rather than selfish interests. The Apostle Paul said it this way: “Let the message of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts” (Colossians 3:16).
Would you consider that, in your mind, the Word of God dwells richly in you? Are you reading portions of the Bible each day, allowing it to shape your thinking? Like exercise, reading the Bible every day may not make a noticeable difference at the time of reading, but over the long haul it transforms our minds. Wouldn’t it be nice if every time you walked into the gym, you left seeing a difference in your muscles and body structure? We all know it takes months of consistent exercise to truly see a difference. Our spiritual discipline of reading the Bible doesn’t earn us brownie points in heaven but it will make us more effective here on earth. We should not read the Bible because we feel guilty if we don’t; we should read it in anticipation of God revealing a new truth to us. I start my reading with a prayer, asking God to speak to me as I read His Word. There are many days when I don’t sense any new revelation from my reading. However, when God does focus my attention on a verse(s), and I know He is speaking to me, it is a wonderful moment.
Determine a place, a time, and a plan to read your Bible; you will never regret making that a part of your daily routine.
Father, I want your Word to dwell in me. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”