Have you noticed that what is in you comes out? What are you saturated with? If you are happy, what comes out? If you are excited about something, what comes out? What if you cut yourself, what comes out? How about if you are full of stress, what comes out? And if you are full of anger, what comes out?
Colossians 3:16 (NIV)
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
What if the Word of Christ dwells in you richly -what if you are full of His Word? What will come out?
If I saturate a sponge with water and lay it on the counter, when I pick it up, what will be left? Yea that’s right – water. Not to insult your intelligence or anything…
If I let the Word of Christ dwell in me richly, that is like me being saturated in His Word. So, like the sponge leaves a watermark, we can leave a God-mark wherever we go! Is that not awesome!!! Let’s explore this further.
Let’s go to the Verse:
We do have a degree of control in this. We must do what it takes to allow it to happen.
A Picture with Explanation
“…the Word of Christ…”
His words – the Bible is the Word of God and according to John 1:14 Jesus Christ is not only the Son of God, but He is God. He is part of the God-Head – the Trinity – 3 in 1.
I believe this is talking about more than just the words that would be in red in a Bible with the words of Christ in red. It speaks of the whole Bible. The whole Bible points to Christ – sometimes in plain words and sometimes in types and shadows but it all points to Christ. We have talked a little about this in past posts. We will know Him as we study His Word because it is a “picture with the explanation” of who He is. Allow who Christ is to dwell in you richly.
“…dwell in you…”
To dwell is to abide somewhere; to live there. Think of it like this: “Allow who Christ is (in all His fullness) to live in you… ”
Seems to me that for Him to live in me richly would mean for Him to live in me the way He wants to, according to His perfect plan. So, what if we,
(my paraphrase of course) “Allow who Christ, in all He is to live in you the way He wants to.”
That takes the lovely language that Paul uses and gets it down to the nitty-gritty. What kind of wonderful life that would be!!
Leaving a God-Mark
“…as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom…”
Here is where we can leave a God-mark. If we are allowing Christ to live in us the way He wants to, wherever we go we will leave a mark that Christ has been there and He will be glorified.
As we teach and admonish (to reprove/correct gently) each other we will be saying and sharing His words – IF we are letting the Word of Christ dwell in us richly. If we are NOT spending time saturating ourselves in God’s Word we will NOT have His wisdom – but the wisdom of men. In that case, we will make a man-mark instead of a God-mark.
The truth is we are always soaking up something. We are indeed sponges. We soak up worldly wisdom if that is where we spend all our time but if we intentionally spend time in God’s Word, in prayer and with other people who love God, we will soak up God’s wisdom and we will have that to share – by the power of the Holy Spirit.
“…and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts toward God.”
That is worship! Gratitude inspires worship. So does being saturated in God’s Word. It is all so very progressive. If Christ lives in us the way He wants to live; we will live grateful lives; we will leave His mark as we live our lives. He gets glorified and we get to be all His! What a wonderful verse!!
Back to Peace
Lastly, looking back at verse 15, which we studied in the last two posts, we know that filling our minds with thoughts about God and His Word will fill us with peace. That is how we can have the peace of Christ to rule in our hearts. Seeking Him, focusing on Him and reading about Him will fill us with peace.
Thank You so much, Lord, for Your beautiful Word. I love Your no-nonsense truth. I love how You help us apply it to our lives and I ask You to help us to truly allow the Word of Christ to dwell in us richly. Help us to completely give ourselves and the control of our lives over to You. Be glorified in us and help us to get closer and closer to You each day. Make us what You want us to be. Please make us completely Yours. In the beautiful name of Jesus Christ our Lord, I pray. Amen.
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