Devotion for Tuesday, July 27, 2021

“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16).

Are you listening to what the Lord is saying?  Not just receiving the words, but are you taking them in and letting the word dwell deeply within you ?  This is what this passage is asking and telling you.  If you actually take these words in, then you are listening.  If you gloss over them, then you are not and that is a problem.  The Lord intends your salvation to be from the inside out and include the whole person.

Lord, I have been guilty of shirking the gifts You have given me.  Guide me, O Lord, so that I may walk humbly in Your presence and receive all that You give.  Help me live into this life You have given by grace and grow in me that grace which is according to the Father’s will.  My ears need to be opened in order that I may receive all that You speak, listening to all that You command.  Help me receive You, Lord.

Lord Jesus, the Word made flesh, You have come to lead the way, grant grace through the price You paid on the cross, and help me model the godly life.  Help me to hear and understand Your words so that they may transform my life according to the plan You had for me from the beginning.  Lead me now and always that I may be guided by Your Word and by Your example now and forever.  May Your grace always overwhelm me.  Amen.