Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching & admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms & hymns & spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Col. 3:16)
This word did me some good. We all have a busy schedule it seems. Most people seem to be in a rush. Honestly, I’m lucky if anyone reads this post all the way through because of it! One of my earliest blog posts, Be Still & Know, relates to what I am about to speak on here.
Read the above Scripture once more, slowly.
So good. This may be used in a few different contexts. It may be corporate worship, bible study, community, teaching on the heart, etc., but I want to focus on you for a minute. In church, do you ever listen to the pastor preach, hear a good word, and let it bounce off you onto another person who needed to hear that? If so, me too.
We need to reflect on ourselves instead of worrying about making sure everyone else hears a good word before we let it into our own hearts.
I understand that we can tackle busy schedules. We’ve all become shallow multi-taskers. This word we have from Paul to the Colossians is brutally important for us too. As I am taking this and letting it resonate in my heart to transform me, I hope it will for you too.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. «««
Feel that! The “word of Christ” probably refers to both the teaching about Jesus, and the words of Christ himself. May the knowledge of him and from him be in you, and in you richly. This doesn’t just mean memorize a few verses. During your days, are you making this true for you?
This is more than an exhortation from Paul. It sounds more like a command to me. Don’t live your days sucked into a busy schedule. Wind down, quiet your hearts, listen to God, and be richly filled. As you go about your day, can you honestly say you are richly filled with the word of Christ?
Some of you are filled with the latest television show one-liners. Others of you are filled with the latest hit music singles. Don’t be filled with empty space either. Be richly filled with the word of Christ.
May the whole church apply this. In fact, it is Christ that nourishes the church body. He is the head of the church. He nourishes, and knits us all together. He grows the church, not us. How does he do this? By his own power. How can we be a biblical, fruitful church if we forsake the word of Christ? How can we bear any fruit apart from him?
It is true that you will pour out to others what’s being poured into you. We are vessels. Be filled with the things of God so that you may pour out things that please God. Abide in the Vine, and he will produce good works that remain.
Does this require sacrifice? Yes, it means choosing Christ’s word over other options.
Without further ado, there’s no need for me to keep rambling on. I trust that the Scripture itself is enough for you to turn! What I have said is probably more for me to process. Alas, let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. If you need to, go away from people, quiet your hearts, speak with God as your Bible is open.
This is the way to lasting fruit, love, joy, peace, rest, hope, and unity.