To dwell on is to think on, ponder, participate in a subject. We do this with many things in life, many decisions. How much more should we participate in and dwell on the Holy Word of the Almighty Creator God.
“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)
The Word of God is an incredibly powerful, transforming source that we have as Christians. It teaches us more of who God is. It gives us more of an understanding of the fuller picture of creation, redemption, and glorification and restoration of the world.
So we get a little glimpse of how important the Word is. It changes us to be more like Christ, to submit more to His authority and His glory.
So we see the reasoning behind this statement of “letting the Word of Christ dwell in us richly”. We want the Word of God to be manifest in us, to become apart of our speech, to become the very foundation which we lay our life on because it is the very word of God. It brings power and peace, joy and security, confidence as we are able to commune with God in a way that before the cross, we were not able to do.
So not only when we read the Word do we dwell on it, but the Word now dwells in us. It becomes apart of us. It becomes second nature. Verses flow from our lips. Our attitudes and actions are changed.
But not only does the Word transform us, dwell in us, and us in it, but it gives us the power, strength, and confidence to live this life that we have been called to.
We teach and encourage others through the Word that is dwelling in us. Ministry becomes an overflow of the Christ life inside of us and the Word that is transforming us, flowing out through our actions and words.
The power to live this life does not exist outside of Christ and submission to His Word. That’s where thanksgiving comes in. We point to Jesus everyday and His faithfulness and we live lives of thankfulness.
This understanding leads us to a life that looks like this:
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17)
Dwell on the Word. Let it dwell in you. Let it transform you and flow out of you to transform the world around you.
Final Questions for further consideration:
How can you glorify God in every aspect of your life? How can this become our motivation in life?
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