“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.” (Colossians 3:16)
Abide. Live. Dwell. All words that point to where I spend time. My base of operation. Where I’m most able to be myself. Be comfortable.
I invite people to spend time in my home. And while they’re there, whether for a couple of hours or a few days, I want them to feel comfortable. I give them my attention and time. I make them the focus of my day so they feel welcome and important.
Colossians tells me to let the Word of Christ dwell in me. Jesus’ Word living in me. Taking up residence in my heart and mind. But not as a guest.
I don’t want Jesus to come and go. I want His Word—Jesus, the Word (John 1:1)—to infuse my life. To penetrate everything I think and say and do so I am changed. More like Him.
The only way to be more and more like Christ is to let Him dwell in me. His Word gets my attention and time. I get to know it well. I read it, study it, meditate on it, memorize it.
I live it.
When I dwell richly in the Word of Christ, He gives me wisdom. His wisdom. Not mine. Not the world’s. Christ’s wisdom. I share that Godly wisdom with others, helping them by teaching them and admonishing them when needed. They do the same for me. When I surround myself with other people who also let the Word of Christ dwell richly in them, they teach and admonish me when I, in my humanness, need to be reminded of the Truth. You and I helping each other to remember the Word and live it.
The result of letting the Word of Christ dwell richly in me also means I worship with gratitude. His Word, His Promises, are so good, so freeing, that I sing psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in my heart to God. And just like teaching and admonishing one another, we praise God together.
Because He loved us so much, He sent His one and only Son for us.