We look at that phrase and say that is easy enough, I can allow the word of God to dwell in me, but can you? Do you know what this means, the steps it takes or what it should look like?
“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in the season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” – Psalm 1:1-3
Every year comes with a new beginning and every year we have new goals and new resolutions. Then February comes and we seem to have forgotten these new commitments we had just made a couple weeks ago. Goals and resolutions cannot only be said aloud with words, but actions need to follow. Many times it takes endurance, perseverance and discipline and many times we find ourselves short of one of these and begin to taper off of the goals we once had.
In order for us to have the word of the Lord dwell richly in us we need to be rich in His word. We need to set a commitment to the Lord that we are going to give Him time. Isn’t that a crazy thought taking time out of our day, the day the Lord made for us, to give back to Him? We say we are too busy, but are we too busy to grow in Him and allow Him to dwell richly within us?
My friend gave a great example.
(We will use the word football. For us in Kenya football is soccer, but for Americans football is American football and it will work both ways.)
So, lets say you walk into a friends house and on their wall they have pictures of their favorite football team, they sport their football teams jersey, they can tell you all about the football teams players and all their statistics. At that moment, you would not have to ask them the very obvious question of what football team they are loyal too. You would just know by the way they speak of that team and their demeanor around anything about that regards that specific team. This would give you enough knowledge to know that they love that football team and are loyal to them.
Our life in Christ should be much like this. We should have the Word of the Lord richly dwelling within us that our words and our actions display this daily.
I just have one question for you. What are you rooted in?
I want you to look at your everyday life and see where your roots are found. Are they found in pleasing people? Are they found in substances? Are they found in achievements? Where are your roots?
Psalm 1:3 states, “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in the season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”
Are your roots in Christ?
Find your roots.
“Do not let the Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:8-9
Create strong roots in the Lord. Be prosperous. Allow the Lord to richly dwell inside you and be with you wherever you go.
Find your roots.