“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” -Colossians 3:16 (NIV)
It is easy for us to fall into the trap of dead habit. How often do we find ourselves simply going through the motions of the Christian life and ministry? To subscribe to ritual is appealing because it does not require us to think and be challenged. All it asks of us is to simply do what we have always done and this rote obedience to habit gives us a false sense of satisfaction that we have fulfilled our obligations. But such an approach to the Christian life is empty. If we are truly honest with ourselves, we notice that something is missing. Our prayers feel monotonous. Our minds feel numbed to the Scripture. Our worship feels dry, and our work for Christ seems to be disconnected from ourselves.
Paul is imploring the Colossian church to “…let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” We may have the word of Christ in our hearts, but it is another thing to allow it to mold us and shape our minds. The Christian life is not a passive one. It is an active relationship with Christ whereby we allow His Spirit to refine us and draw us closer to Himself. The only thing that is preventing us from living abundantly in Christ is our own attitudes and our desire to cling onto our obedience to ritual. Are we bowing down before the idol of ritualistic duty instead of directing our worship to Christ? When we allow Christ to conform our attitudes to Himself and seek to be made One in Him, our entire lives will take on a whole new character. Our prayers will be vibrant. Our minds will be receptive to the truths it contains. Our worship will edify and strengthen us, and our work for Christ will be effective and transformative both for ourselves and for others. When we seek Christ and allow His Spirit to work within us, we will experience the joys of living in tune with Him.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.