“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
The book of Colossians was written by Paul to the Church at Colosse because of widespread false teachings that attempted to blend pagan doctrines into their newly found Christian faith. These folks were babes in Christ – their faith was not yet grounded, so they were vulnerable to false teaching. These false teachings eroded the Lordship of Jesus Christ. These teachings taught that Jesus was not fully God and fully man, but just merely a great teacher or prophet who bridged the gap between God and the world. Because the Believers at Colosse were young in their faith, they were easily swayed by these “sound good/feel good” doctrines. Paul wrote to correct them and to encourage them in the Truth of God’s love.
In many ways, the Believers at Colosse were no different than many of us. They believed the teachings of Jesus. God had poured a measure of faith into their hearts, breathed life into their spirits…Yet, they were easily swayed by the surrounding religions and philosophies of their day.
How can we prevent the same dilemma in our lives?
This scripture in Colossians exhorts us to, “Let the Word of Christ dwell richly in you.”
Let. Key word.
We all must hunger for the Word of God and feast on it daily. LET it occupy you, fill you up to overflowing. LET it abound in your life, embellishing your Light like a precious jewel. LET the Word bear fruit in your life. Welcome the Word of God with an open heart and you will never be the same.
If you have never spent much time in the Word, that’s OK. Every great adventure begins with that first step. Ask the Lord to stir up that hunger and thirst for Him. Ask Him to open the eyes of your understanding. That’s what I do. Find a great bible – one you can understand. I hope this doesn’t offend anyone, but…the King James Version, as beautiful and poetic as it is, is a translation! Jesus did not speak King James English. He spoke Aramaic and Hebrew. Most of the New Testament was written in Greek. Ask the Lord for discernment, then find a bible that you want to devour!
Sit at the feet of Jesus. LET Him teach you. LET Him change you.
LET Him dwell richly in you.
An exhilarating journey of faith awaits you.
Lord, I yield my spirit to You. Transform me, renew and restore me by the power of Your Word. I don’t want anything to stand between me and You. I want You to dwell richly, completely in me. Help me surrender all to You, Lord. Open the eyes of our understanding that we might love You more. You are awesome, Lord. Praise Your Name!!