"So," they say, "nobody's perfect!"
But the Vinedresser won't buy that.
Given the opportunity, He will trim the unproductive suckers and shape the branches so each one will bask in Sonlight.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Flubbed the Dub

Today's Manna from the Net presented a most wonderful injunction for victorious, Christian living. But at one point, I had to swallow a bit hard. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly...(Colossians 3:16) didn't speak to me so much as it yelled at me. To me, memorizing Scripture is Mission (Virtually) Impossible. But the few Scripture passages I have memorized have provided uncountable blessings when I've needed a quick, God-breathed boost.
        And "God-breathed" is the operative term. A few words of Scripture at just the right moment is the most wonderful balm for life's inevitable scrapes and bruises.
        The rest of today's Scripture passage provides valuable instruction for any Christian community.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 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. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17 NIV

        It's interesting to note how the author inserted the thought, And be thankful, in the midst of his instructions. But, thankful for what? The author failed to specify any conditions for thankfulness, which says a lot in itself. If God, through the Apostle Paul, refused to qualify his command for his people's thankfulness, far be it from us to limit it.
        The next instruction directs us to take an active role in discipling one another through God's word, which he's told us must dwell in us richly. "Richly" relates directly to the "wisdom" with which we are to teach and admonish one another.
        Then, of course, Paul directs us toward gratitude in our hearts to God, the attitude that should naturally accompany our psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. So, hopefully my flubbing the memory verses will hardly impede my ministry to the body of Christ. That, at least, is my prayer.

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