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Title: “Colossians 3:16”
Series: Bible 3:16s
At the bottom of many of his musical manuscripts, the great organist and composer Johann Sebastian Bach often wrote the letters "INDNJC." Those letters stood for "In Nomine Domini Nostri Jesu Christi" -- in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ – INDNJC.
They did not appear on Bach's manuscripts by accident or without purpose. Johann Sebastian Bach put those letters there for a reason. Considered a genius in the field of music, Bach recognized the one true Genius. Known for his extraordinary talent, Bach realized the source of all human talent. Praised for his musical gifts, Bach was aware of the primary giver of all gifts. So at the bottom of his manuscripts he wrote INDNJC. [end of illustration].
Most of us will never compose a Bach-like musical manuscript (or any type of musical manuscript for that matter). But each day of our lives we do compose "living" manuscripts of sorts. Each day we have opportunities to use God-given time, talents, skills, and gifts as we write the notes which collectively compose the songs that others "hear" when they listen to us.
Each day we make music with our lives -- composing and performing the measures, verses, and stanzas which combine to form a "living symphony" of who we are and what we are about.
Colossians 3:12-17 is one of several scriptural passages which reminds us of the importance of praising God through music. I especially like our key verse:
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. -- Colossians 3:16 (ESV)
Today we want to look over these verses and see how we might exalt Christ in a way that changes our perspective on Him, as well as one each other. Here are several ways that can happen:
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