Yesterday, I had the privilege of spending some morning Bible Study time with a group of guys where I worship at The Cross in Loganville. First, what a great time it was. To be honest, I have never sat down in that kind of setting to just fellowship and talk and discuss scripture with several other believers. I have had one-on-one conversations many times in the past or with a couple of folks, but never really participated in that kind of Bible Study session. Let me tell you, it was a great experience. I got to meet some guys I have seen in passing attending worship, but never really got to know. What I did learn, was that we all have a great story and testimony of how we came to faith in Christ and often times it came from various trials and difficulties of various kinds. We all have story.
But getting to the root of the study, we focused on Colossians 3:15-17. The first thing right out of the gate, Paul tells us to “let the peace that comes from Christ rule our hearts.” This really struck with me as we discussed the versus and I listened to Tim, the lead pastor, break it down. All too often in this life, we are quick to take action or speak without thinking. We can start lashing out in anger or whatever it may be. Either way, we can often get caught-up not letting Christ lead our words and actions. This is often the case for many that may go to worship on Sunday, but raise hell the rest of the week. I’ve been there too. We need to let Jesus umpire our actions and keep us under control every single day.
In verse 16, it says, “Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives.” As we walk in close step with Christ, we should let all the He is and His message fill us each day. Let Jesus speak through us also, as we share, teach, and counsel with others. The line given in the study was “Speak only when spoken through.” Don’t just spout of opinions and talk to be heard. Let Christ fill your heart and the Word fill you and speak what is being spoken through you. I have encountered many people that like to talk just to heard. They don’t think about what their saying and just ramble on. Stay away from that, and rather speak life. In Toby Mac’s song, “Speak Life,” he says the lines, “Look into the eyes of the brokenhearted; watch them come alive as soon as you speak hope, you speak love, you speak life.”
If we speak from the Good News and the promise for new life and salvation in Christ, its amazing the impact it has on folks. Especially when they are lost and broken. When you speak what Christ is speaking through you and through the Word, it will bring them to life. We are a representative of Christ when we speak and testify and should remember that. 2 Corinthians 5:20 calls us “Ambassadors of Christ.” I want to live that way and those of you that are believers, I pray that you will as well. A gentleman in the Bible Study mentioned that the first thing we have in sharing about Christ is our own story. Our own Testimony to how Christ has transformed our lives. To be honest, it is one of the most powerful weapons we have as a body of believers. We all have a story. We all have taken paths through adversity, brokenness, and many other challenges. We all have had times either completely separated from God or where we questioned Him. Share your testimony and be contagious. By sharing your own story, people can relate and then see just how much Christ has transformed your own life.
Let Christ rule your heart.