This morning during my morning devotional, I was reading from Colossians 3. The words penned long ago by the Apostle Paul are filled with wisdom for the first and twenty first Christians. He tells us to set our priorities by setting your affection on things above, not on the things on the earth. The Apostle continues in verses eight and nine to "put off" the old man. It is the following scripture that made me think:
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
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.
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
What was I thinking?
Answer: Am I living the Word?
There are many scriptures that are easy to believe and live. Perhaps, you know the scriptures that describe the love of God toward us or the ones that describe His promises.
1 John 4:19We love him, because he first loved us.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
1 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;
These scriptures are found throughout the Bible. As a pastor and a Christian, I love to preach and study them. They are uplifting, life-changing and absolute truth.
But in studying the Bible, we must know that many verses require something from us. We know Jesus loves us, but for us to show our love in return there is a requirement.
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
If we are to make heaven, we must live a life that is pleasing to Him.
Hebrews 12:14Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
We must be willing to be sacrificial.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
There are many scriptures in the Bible that require something from us. God is our Father and wants to bless us, but it is entirely on His terms. If living for God seems easy, you need to check your relationship. Our flesh desires to much that has to be sacrificed to think that living for God is lollipops and cotton candy.
Am I loving my neighbor as I should? Am I living a life of separation from the world? Am I living the words of Jesus...
Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
"Am I living the Word?" is a question that we should ask ourselves daily and make adjustments accordingly. It is a matter of life and death. It is a matter of heaven and hell.