“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you,” we read in Colossians 3:16. One of the ways we can do that is to meditate on what we studied in scripture on Sunday. If we meditate on God’s word and apply it to our lives throughout the week, it will have a powerful, rich impact. We don’t want to be forgetful hearers of the word, but effectual doers (James 1:22), and often reflecting on what we learn and how it applies to us helps a great deal. So, I would like to share how Sunday impacted me and helps me to be the spiritual leader of my family. I hope you will share how it has encouraged you as well.
Thinking about how Jesus interacted with all sorts of people, and how our culture views words like discrimination, really forced me to think about how the words I use matter and what I communicate to my family and others is important. There is such a tension between wanting everyone to like me and speaking the truth in love. (Ephesians 4:15)
Tension means I need God’s grace, I need His help.
Proverbs 29:25 brought that home in a powerful way to me. It states, “The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted.” The concern for the thoughts of others is right there ready to capture me and consume my mind, my day and my words. If I am going to speak the truth in love, there is going to be a need to trust God, which means there is a risk since I don’t know exactly how it is going to turn out and who may or may not agree. Furthermore, that trust extends to exaltation in God’s time frame. I simply don’t know when it will be, and being ostracized in the present doesn’t mean I will never be exalted, it just means I need to trust God and focus on fearing Him. We all want to be exalted, but by whom and on what timetable?
We all want to be exalted, but by whom and on what timetable?
As a spiritual leader, I have to have biblical convictions and lead but not bully my family with anger, manipulation or dictatorial behavior. Instead, I need to exhibit trust in the Father that results in sacrificial leadership even if it is not popular. I need to do this with endurance motivated by the fact that God discriminated against His own Son, so that I might be redeemed to live for Him.
I need grace to avoid the snare, I need grace to endure.
How did Sunday impact you to be more Christ-like? What are your reflections from Sunday that help you apply the word of God to your life?