Saturday, April 9 / Day 34  

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  — Colossians 3:16-17

So far we have looked at several ways to choose good spiritual food rather than things that will leave you full but unfulfilled. We talked about repentance, about changing your taste buds through fasting, about loving God, about setting boundaries on your behavior, and about choosing to be content rather than constantly looking for something else to fulfill you.

Today we are talking about wholeheartedness and gratitude.

Wholeheartedness means being “all in.”  It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking of faith as something to do on Sunday mornings. Recently I saw a Facebook post where a public figure prided himself on the fact he “spent an hour a week with God.” Many people commented that this is not how faith works—following  Jesus is a daily journey, not something to get done by noon on Sundays.

Letting the word of Christ dwell in you richly means you are guided by your faith daily. You commit time and energy to getting to know Christ better through the Word. You commit time in prayer to seeking God’s will for your life. You  commit your life to following Jesus as your Lord and Savior. You do not do it perfectly, but faithfully.

And you also do it gratefully. Whatever you do, you do in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to God. God has given us all two tremendous gifts through Jesus Christ—eternal life and abundant life. We get to live with Christ in heaven one day. And here on earth, he leads us as our Lord.

To Think/Pray About Today

Is God someone you visit on Sunday mornings or is He the guide of your life? Are you thankful for all God has given you, or do you focus on what you do not have? When God is your guide, it is much easier to choose good things in life because you want things that line up with His will.

Prayer Focus: Subway

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