We just got home from Texas yesterday. What a trip! We drove through the Hill Country and saw some beautiful ranches.
Made me stop and wonder what’s on the inside? Do you ever drive by those big, fancy homes and wonder who lives inside? Is it a business mogul, a movie star, an athlete or someone who inherited family money? I think we’ve all done that.
When people see you do they ask “Who lives inside”? What makes this person so special? Why do they have such a peace – why can they smile in the face of adversity – why do they reach out to others unselfishly when they are going through a terrible situation themselves? What makes them different?
“Let the peace that Christ gives control your thinking. It is for peace that you were chosen to be together in one body. And always be thankful. 16 Let the teaching of Christ live inside you richly. Use all wisdom to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Everything you say and everything you do should be done for Jesus your Lord. And in all you do, give thanks to God the Father through Jesus.” Colossians 3:15-17 ERV
Let peace – let thanksgiving – let the Word – let praise, dwell (live in) you richly! This is the treasure that sets us apart. BUT, we have to let (permit, allow) it to live in us. We have to choose these things, we are the deciding factor. God has already given us the ability to live this way but we can stop it with an act of our free will.
So I will ask again – what lives on the inside? Let the life of Christ live in you richly!