Monday, December 28, 2015

The Riches of Insight

UV 1625/10000 The Riches of Insight
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.
Colossians 3 v 16

Christ is the Word and same as God and was with God from the beginning. Through Him all creation, living and non- living was made and through Him all humanity can be saved or redeemed to live for ever. Hence, when we let the Word dwell in our minds and while we dwell in and on the Word, we receive the same anointing as Christ means “the anointed One.” The Holy Spirit interprets and gives us understanding of the Word. The Word can merely dwell among us as a mere token or nominally or it can dwell richly in our midst, full of grace and truth, overflowing in hope and strengthening our faith at all times.

The Word enables us to bless the Lord in and with our souls. As the Psalmist said, “ bless the Lord with all that is within us.” The Word will quicken our otherwise limited minds to bless Him with our intellects, our emotions, our senses, our bodies and all our internal organs. We will be able to sing with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, making melody unto the Lord in our hearts. The appeal to “ let the Word dwell richly” implies that allowing the Word entrance and growth in our lives is an act of volition and commitment on our part.
It is gratitude that prompts our hearts to break into songs of worship and adoration. Gratitude for mercy and grace received fills our hearts with joy that causes us to sing. As we look back, the Lord was closest with us in our greatest trials and troubles. He poured His anointing of strength and courage on us so that we will be able to endure. We held onto hope as things looked bad and it turned out much better than before. The Word gives us more insight and wisdom than any or all of the best books of leadership and management written by the greatest of management gurus and writers of human history. The reason Jesus characterised the leadership and followership in this world as “the blind leading the blind” is that the spiritual eyes or insight of leaders as well as their followers in this world are closed or darkened. They are able to see only as a man can see in a dimly lit room. They learn by trial and error or bumping into obstacles. They trip and keep falling in their lust for power but they will not admit that they are blind or cannot see. Their knowledge is inadequate and incomplete while their wisdom is not even initiated. But the godly leaders on account of their fear of God, have their inner eyes opened. They understand their own weaknesses and rely on the grace and power of God. They are guided by the Word and the Spirit of God into all eye-opening truths. They do not let the facts drown out the truth. They know that insight is needed for oversight.

Prateep V Philip

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