'Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly ... singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.' Colossians 3:16
This was the theme of my morning sermon yesterday.
Allowing the word of Christ to dwell in us is a beautiful thought. It means to reflect on the words of Christ until they become part of you. When this happens they affect how you live, the way you think and the choices that you make. It's not an onerous task but becomes a pleasure to maintain the word within you because it brings such stability and peace. In a world that is constantly changing, no matter what circles you move in, it's good to have somewhere or something that is your base. Allowing the word of Christ to dwell in you gives you a foundation from which all life flows.
However, there is an extra challenge in this verse and it comes from the word 'richly'. The word of Christ is meant to dwell richly in our hearts. In other words it should be strong, effective, abundant, generous, plentiful or even exquisite. This is the challenge to the Christian in this busy stress filled life we live. It is also what makes it easy to be a Christian when the word is richly in our hearts. However, it takes practice to get to this point. It doesn't normally happen overnight for most of us.
First of all we need to read and absorb the word; we need to do what it says, be obedient to it; we need to hold on to it through the day perhaps even memorise it and allow it to sink in in all it's wonderful meaning. Then we need to walk in it and enjoy it, letting it thrive within us. Allow it to be stronger than all the challenges we might face in a day.
When this happens the second step will follow quite naturally. You will sing with grace in your hearts. That doesn't mean you need to sing aloud and might be better in some circumstances that you don't but you can sing within yourself. It doesn't matter what you do or how challenging your day becomes there comes a song deep within because you have made Him your foundation and strength. You can go on singing not artificially but because His word is dwelling in you richly.
So, today and through the course of this week let us be singing, happy, confident people who are learning to allow the word of Christ to dwell in us richly.