Category Archives: Spiritual Transformation

The Power of the Peace of Christ Ruling Your Heart

In Churches of Christ Colossians 3 is best known for 3:16 where Paul writes,

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.

Paul has just spent three chapters telling the Colossians just how blessed they are. He has described the gracious acts of God on their behalf. Paul has instructed them in their salvation and the forgiveness of their sins. What is very important starting in chapter 2 and moving into 3 is that the Colossians understand how they are to respond. They are to respond by taking off the old ways and putting on the new. They are also to respond with thankfulness and gratitude. Here is 3:16 with the verse on each side,

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 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. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Thankfulness is a constant thread through Colossians. Here we see that they are to express their thanks for all God has done for them as described in the preceding few chapters in song. But before one can truly be thankful one must be at peace. It is difficult if not impossible to find thankfulness if you are not at peace. Paul tells us that the way to thanksgiving through peace must have two components:

1 – It can’t just be any peace, it must be Christ’s peace.

2 – Christ’s peace has a particular purpose and position in your life – it is to reign or rule your heart.

What does it mean for the peace of Christ to reign in your heart? It means the peace of Christ gets to call the shots. It gets to create boundaries around our heart of what gets in and what goes out and what doesn’t. When the peace of Christ rules your heart you will finally be able to see all you have to be thankful for. Chaotic people are rarely thankful people but people of peace embrace thanksgiving.

If you want to be a person of peace, let your peace be Christ’s peace and let it reign in your heart to bring about thanksgiving. This can truly revolutionize your soul.

Erosion

We have a small (usually dry) creek that runs behind our house. When we first moved in, we noticed that we also had a significant erosion problem above the creek going up the hill from the creek to our house. This had been partially fixed by the builder with a retaining wall but below theContinue Reading

Having the Mind of Christ

In three places Paul talks directly about how God is transforming our minds, more specifically to be like the mind of Jesus. Rom 12:2 – “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s willContinue Reading

“Open Your Eyes” – Seeing Things for the First Time

We see what we choose to see and are blind to what we choose to be blind to. Jesus constantly told people who had eyes that were physically capable of seeing that they weren’t seeing everything they needed to see…that there was more to life and God’s perspective on things than they were understanding. ThisContinue Reading

Shifting the Locus From Church Building to Home

We often think of Judaism’s worship as being centered around either the temple or the synagogue. What is missing is that the vast majority of the spiritual life in Judaism was in the home. The Shema (Deut 6:4-9) was recited daily. The 18 benedictions were recited or prayed daily (could well be “the prayers” mentionedContinue Reading

Favorite Books List: Spirituality and Spiritual Formation

Every now and then I see people list their favorite books of the last year or of all time. I want to take a crack at it as you might find some books in here you want to read and I would love to hear back from you on what would make your list. InContinue Reading

Gordon Fee’s Admonition to Preachers – Don’t Become “Professional”

Another post from Listening to the Spirit in the Text by Gordon Fee. Fee’s admonition is on the danger of ministers getting out of touch with God and their task becoming routine and “professional” rather than seeing ministry as a spiritual and vibrant activity, “I regularly tell students: Have the touch of God on yourContinue Reading

The Real Agenda of Advertising & God’s Counter-Narrative

The goal of advertising is to convince you that you need something that is non-essential to your survival. 100% of commercials are about non-necessities. Why? Who has to advertise something everyone actually has to buy to survive? Right? So by the very nature of commercials, they are trying to sell you something you can live without,Continue Reading

Spiritual Transformation: More Information is Not the Answer

The Jews had the Law for 1300 years before Christ came. There were all kinds of details in the Law about how to live, what to do in various situations, and how to maintain holiness and deal with sin. As we know today, the Law was not sufficient. What did God do in its place?Continue Reading

Assuming You Are Relevant Can Be Dangerous – Have We Gotten Lazy?

In Dallas Willard’s Book Renovation of the Heart he talks about the confused state of the world and how that confusion (about life, spirituality, purpose, etc) that surrounds us can so easily influence our own thinking that spiritual transformation becomes difficult. He goes on to say that the church has not adequately addressed people’s confusion.Continue Reading

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