“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom… (Colossians 3:16A)
There’s that little word, “let” again.
Richly: Plenteously, abundantly, amply
The Apostle Paul is saying that the word of Christ is to be so ample that it flows into my spirit and then out to others. It is all about dwelling in Christ through his word. It is not just the leadership of the church who are to be engaged in spreading the Life of Christ, but me also. How does this happen and where? It begins with living in scripture and meditating on small portions. Psalm 1:3 encourages us to “meditate in His word day and night.” When He is part of us in this way, it is natural to share when hanging out with friends; while working together and in small groups. It does not necessarily happen while listening to a sermon, but afterward as we ponder the message and as people share what they have heard with one another. We need each other in order to live out our lives victoriously while here on earth. I get a little off in the head trying to live the Christian life all by myself. Iron sharpens iron!
So, today I will ponder this little phrase: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.”