“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.”

Colossians 3:16 

Have you ever dreamt of helping others? Have you ever felt you could do something to make a change in another person’s life? The Bible says we can become a catalyst for change. Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”

Only the truth can set us free. Only the truth can satisfy our soul. Only the truth can make us care for others. Only the truth can make us grow spiritually. So, to become a change-agent, we must first experience change through the Word. The word “dwell” means, “to be at home.” We are to make sure that the word of God would take permanent residence in our lives.

Though not all are teachers, we can all teach and admonish one another. “Teaching is the impartation of positive truth. Admonishing is the negative side of teaching. It means to warn people of the consequences of their behavior. Both are the result of a life overflowing with the Word of Christ.

When the Word dwells in us richly, our worship becomes richer also. It means that we worship God according to the truth. John 4:24 tell us, “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” The way we worship should be based on the Bible. For example, we don’t use images in our worship because the Bible specifically forbids idolatry. We clap and raise our hands because we see it as pattern of worship in the Bible. It also means that we worship God by singing the truth. It is a dangerous thing to separate the praise of God from the Word of God.

Friends, to become a catalyst for change we must enjoy the richness of His Word that is expressed in encouraging one another and exalting God in worship. To become a change-agent, we must first experience change through the Word then it changes the way we relate with each other and with God.

Garment of Praise

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