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“As you know,” Stan began, “the Bible is often referred to as ‘The Living Word’.”
“Not only referred to as that,” I replied, “but it is that.”
“You’re right about that,” Stan replied.
Continuing, he said, “This morning when I was focusing on the apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Colossae, I saw a bit of a different take on this.”
“How so?” I asked.
“While the apostle did not use these exact words, I think he was saying that the church should be living the word.”
“Living the word, versus the living word?” I responded.
“That’s right,” Stan replied. “Paul wrote that the church should let Christ’s words richly dwell in them.”
Continuing, he said, “It seems to me that this requires, first of all, that I know the word of Christ. That requires me to read and study His word.”
“Secondly is the requirement that I have the Spirit of the Risen Christ living in me, which I do.”
“Thirdly, I have to choose to let the word of Christ dwell in me by listening to that word. Not only listen, but get myself out of the way so that the word of Christ is manifested in every aspect of my being.”
“If these things are preset in me,” Stan concluded, “I believe that what the apostle Paul was writing about will be a reality in my life. I will be living the living word.”
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you. Colossians 3:16.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you make your written word available to me to read and to study. Please open me to see all you have for me each time I read your word. Thank you also that your Holy Spirit lives within me to speak your voice to me in ways that impact every area of my being. I confess that too often I do not choose to listen to His voice as you intend. Please forgive me. Please lead me in letting the word of Christ truly dwell richly in me so that He is manifested in all I am. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in His name. Amen.