Colossians 3:16 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. (NKJV)
The word of Christ is the good news of his redemption for us all. It is the best word we can hear. It is the foundation for all our hope. But we so often forget to heed it. Other things crowd in upon us and rob us of the time we intended to spend in His Word.
When that happens, we find ourselves without strength, without purpose. The cares of the world can overwhelm us – drown us in a sea of worry and fretfulness. We need to remember the basics.
John 3:16, 17 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (NKJV)
You can read that verse personally, substituting your name for the world. Had you been the only person in the world, Christ would still have come for you alone — for me alone. What a monumental value God places on each of us!
In return, He asks that we do some very simple things:
Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? (NKJV)
We have a tendency to complicate things so. The Christian life is simple – not necessarily easy, but simple. There are two rules. Love God; love your neighbor. Everything else is gingerbread.
Help us to remember the basics and to keep things simple. When simple becomes difficult, grant us the grace and perseverance to keep on in Your word. Fill us with gratitude for your grace toward us.
In Jesus’ most precious name.