Do you know what the purpose of a Lighthouse is? Have you ever lost or misplaced something in your home you really need? The remote control maybe? Your phone? When something with purpose is missing, its function can’t happen. We are spiritual lighthouses with purpose placed by God and when we are missing, our function is missing.
16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
“Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.”
The life of a lighthouse needs to stay planted and secure and functioning in its purpose. This verse really lays out a blueprint for us to stay secure in our faith and planted.
The Word in us
Word of Christ refers to the word to Christs teachings
Dwell – to be at home. Like when someone says “make yourself at home”.
Richly – abundance. more than you need to survive
Have the teachings of Christ in you.
When the teachings of Christ are missing – humanity feels a soul craving that it trys to fill with nonsense
Share the Word
And sing, sing your hearts out to God!
Taking in the teachings of Christ then sharing the teachings of Christ with each other – Praise should be the immediate result
Doing Life together –
What does this verse mean to you? What area do you need to work on? How can you start implementing that area now?
Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
verse 17 comes after verse 16
- Don’t act or speak unless you have the teachings of Jesus dwelling richly in your life.
- Your mouth and your actions can hurt more than help.
We are lighthouses. Placed with purpose by God – and need to help more than hurt.
Next Steps – Live the life of a lighthouse – by Making your words and actions align to the Teachings of Jesus this week.
After service – spend a few minutes practicing v16 in sharing the word with people near you.