Colossians 3:16 (New International Version)
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
Paul tells us to let the message of Christ dwell among you richly. The gospel and all that Jesus is is supposed to consume us. It is suppose to immerse our minds and our hearts. Many things in this world desire to influence us. We are bombarded daily with the lies of the enemy. But we must draw near to the Lord if the message of Christ is going to dwell within us richly.
But here Paul says as we teach and admonish one another. For some Christianity is simply a spectator sport. People have reserved themselves to simply stand by and watch things happen. But God wants us to be engaged. Everyone of us has a gift. Everyone of us has an anointing. The goal and desire of every Christian should be to move beyond the infancy of Christianity to the deeper mature life. We should desire to move from being a spiritual infant to that of a spiritual parent.
When we as God's people actually put the word of God into practice and live according to it, the abundant life that Jesus spoke about becomes a reality on a daily basis. We go from merely existing to live with purpose on a daily basis. The abundant life that Jesus speaks of is to know Him and know Him intimately. It impacts every area of life.
The Christian life is not meant to simply be reserved for a few hours one day a week, it is suppose to immerse every area of our lives. Psalms, Hymns, and songs from the Spirit all take place when we are singing praise unto God. This becomes the reality in our lives when Christ is the priority. No matter what we face and no matter what God allows us to go through we understand that all of it is for His glory. No matter if we find ourselves on the mountain top or down in the valley, we live in a constant place of praising and worshiping the Lord.
Father I come to you today and ask you to lead, guide, and direct my every thought and desire. Father help me to move from the place of spiritual infancy and childhood to that of being a spiritual parent and discipling others to walk in your purposes and plans. Father may every desire be surrendered to you. I pray that my life would be a living sacrifice to you. That the praise of who you are would always be upon my lips. In the name of Jesus, Amen!