16 Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom…
17 and whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord.
You are probably familiar with this passage of scripture. Within these two verses you can quickly see and understand that Paul is making two important points that every believer needs to know. The first involves your willingness—your desire to allow something to transform and change you from the inside out. It’s a simple word full of meaning: let.
Let gives us the picture of allowing something, the giving of permission. When you let the Word of Christ dwell or inhabit you, it will be those thoughts that come forth in abundance when you speak and act. Paul wants you and I to allow the Word of the anointed one and His anointing to be so deeply rooted in us that our actions automatically follow what comes forth from our mouth.
So then, the second point Paul makes ties in to the first point. It deals with our actions: whatever you do, whether it is through your words OR through your deeds. Let’s not throw spiritual tantrums by allowing our actions to speak louder than our words. Did you catch that? Don’t let your actions malign the words that you speak. Your words and your actions should back each other up.
When God’s Word dwells, resides, habitats and lives in us, in your thoughts, in our motives, in our response to others, your actions will exemplify God’s love and grace in your lives. The more you allow your heart and mind (thinking) to be transformed by God’s Word, the more your talk will line up with your walk.
None of us are perfect and God knows that. That’s why His grace is more than sufficient to fill in the gaps between our talk and our walk. Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, let it be done from a heart filled with God’s presence, His love, and His grace. Allow your actions to be heart-led responses to His love and grace because that’s what others will hear and respond to.