by Macy Johnson
“Since, then, you have been raised
set your hearts on things above,
where Christ is seated at the right
hand of God.”
(Colossians 3:1 NIV)
written over many centuries to help believers recall scripture. The lyrical
words guided worshippers to think about God and how the Holy Spirit works in
their lives. As a teenager I sang popular Scripture Songs while driving,
walking, and working through my day.
years ago I attended a Bible study with a women’s group at church. We studied
the book of Colossians while going through lessons by Beth Moore. I wanted to
memorize Colossians chapter 3, so I wrote a song using the verses. Many
familiar tunes filled my head as I converted them to fit the words of that
well-known chapter. I taught my song to the group of women, in hopes they would
be able to better remember the chapter by singing it. A old, forgotten manuscript
of “Colossians 3” is tucked away in a manila envelope on a shelf in my studio.
accepted Christ at a young age and his surfer’s heart was set on fire for Jesus
after high school. Every Wednesday night a large group of local surfers would
meet at our house for a Bible Study. A pastor taught and guided the young men
and me, in the ways of Christ’s followers. I was the “Martha” of the group, delegated
to serving snacks and drinks. Many of those young surfers went on to attend
Christian colleges and become leaders in their churches. Their futures were
launched from that crowded family room in Pensacola.
of Bible Study groups and the many, memorized scripture songs help lift my mind
in praise to Jesus.
I will set
my heart today on things above as I am raised with Christ. I hope you will,