"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God." (Colossians 3.16)
In John 8, Jesus says to his intrigued followers, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples.” For us, there are many facets of what it means to abide in his word so that we might be his disciples. As we look at Colossians 3, we see that abiding in the word of Christ is to ruminate and meditate over the word. Paul prays that it would dwell in us richly. It isn’t something that we should take for granted. It isn’t something that we glance at early in the morning where it leaves our brains when we walk out of our homes. No! It is something that should dwell in us and dwell in us richly. That means that it penetrates us all through our whole being so that when we walk out of the door, we are intentionally dwelling on it. When our bodies are anxious with the interpersonal issue we just had, it feeds us truth.
The result of this dwelling is a sharpening of our knowledge and wisdom. We learn to put into practice the word that is dwelling in us. It becomes evident in our lives! Paul sees this overflowing in our singing, in our rejoicing. We leap for joy like Abraham did when he saw the day of Christ. We can leave aside our anxieties and rejoice in our creator who has given us his word.
So it is our prayer that the word of Christ may ever more dwell richly in each other’s lives as we walk in this world.
--J. Andersen 2/18/16