“Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God.” – Colossians 3:16 HCSB

The above instruction is both a cause and effect. There has to be a stir and vibrancy in our spirit as it concerns devotion. Let the word of God warm your heart and be beyond information to you. The word of God should dwell richly in you.

One key sign of backsliding is a reduced fervor to preach the gospel. Rather than standing for Christ radically, you would rather stay on the middle ground.

If your reserve of the word is small, your willingness to share the message will reduce. If you are filled with the Spirit, you will share the word of God boldly and vice versa. A lack of a devotional life may be responsible for this.

God requires riches in devotion not religion. He requires consistency as well.

In the light of this, here are two reasons why people are religious: busyness and distractions.

Don’t be too busy not to pray or study. We will always make out time for things that are important to us. No matter how busy you are, you will find time to eat. If you deem your devotional life necessary, you will find time for it.

The second is too many distractions. Many Christians are going through this and are not aware of it. They are so distracted by the internet and social media.

The internet is a mountain through which we can see all the glory of the world – watch out for it for it is highly distracting and misleading (Psalm 119:29, 36-38).

Psalm 119:15-16 (HSCB) is quite instructive on the word of God dwelling in us richness.

It reads:

“I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.”

Study your Bible often. Contemplate and delight in it. Do not forget it. Pray. Keep and do the word daily.