Earlier this week, I was reading through Colossians 3 and came across new insights.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 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. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:15-17 ESV)
One word stuck out more than any other word in this text; the word “let”. As a parent, I hear this word often. Mostly, the word is used in the context of “Dad, I want to do this, will you let me?”
Now, read those words again in that context.
For me, it changes my understanding a little bit. There was no language study. There was no text dissection. There was simply a moment of interaction with the Holy Spirit.
1. I want the peace of Christ to rule in your heart. Will you let it?
Peace is not the absent of conflict. Think of peace as an orchestra or choir performing in sync. We expect harmony when we go to those things. One person or instrument out of sync brings annoyance very quickly. In fact, our expectation is everything is in sync in that context.
In an organization or a family, peace is when the entire organization (or family) is heading in the same direction. We understand where we are heading. We understand who taking us there.
When the peace of Christ rules in our heart, we understand how we fit within the body of Christ. Think about it. Are you heading in the same direction as Christ? Is your family? If not, I invite you to let the peace of Christ rule in your heart today.
2. I want the word of Christ to dwell in you richly. Will you let it?
In the New Testament, the dwell was used for residency. We understand this concept. A large percentage of us have nice homes. Many of us vacation in nice places. Chances are there is never a night that you do not know where you will sleep.
Christ wants those things for us as much (and more) as my boys want to spend time with their friends this weekend. My boys have to get permission. In the same sense, Christ has to receive my permission to rule and dwell inside me.
Many Christians in America force the word of Christ to be homeless. We do not allow Scripture to take up residency in our lives. I suggest there is no way you experience peace without allowing the vision to take residency in your life.
3. The outpouring of these things will come naturally.
According to this text, the outpouring looks like teaching, admonishing, singing and giving thanks.
Today, I encourage to spend some time exploring how much you “let” God do in your life. A good first step is to evaluate what the outpouring of your life is. If things do not match up, you may have some residency issues.
Life is a journey that must include the peace of Christ and the word of God in order to be effective. How is your walk?