16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Colossians 3:1:16, 17
I was drawn to them because I recently read them and used them for a young friend of mine who was celebrating his 18th birthday… Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, Why? Because anything we do as Christians requires that the word of Christ dwell in us. The word dwell is from enoikeō and means “to live in,” or “to be at home.” The word of God must marinate “in” our lives, it should take over and richly dwell in us, the word richly give me the same idea that the Psalmist had when he said in Psalm 119:11 ”Your word I have treasured in my heart”.
What happens to us when we let the word of Christ richly dwell in us? We have a heart for God… with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God, I love this next verse and was my motivating factor for giving it to my young friend… Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Paul had said the same thing in 1 Corinthians 10:31 when he said “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
- Can I do this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ?
- If I do this or go here would this be to His glory?
- Who is watching me?
We should as Christians in anything we do, let people see Christ in us… When the word of Christ dwells in us richly the Holy Spirit is being filled in us, I don’t think you can have one without the other. If the Word of Christ dwells in us richly, it will come out in our lives, in our homes, at our schools, at our work places and in our Worship Services.
I know I have to keep learning to do all I do for His glory.
Here’s the solution…
If the word of Christ is at home in our hearts everything else will take care of itself for His glory.
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria