Let the Word Dwell in You Richly
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16 ESV
If you want the word of Christ to dwell in you, then you need to dwell upon His word. So the question is this: How have you been dwelling upon the word of God lately? This scripture is also informing us to meditate on the voice of God so that we can be led thereby. Therefore, take today to read and study the word as well as to listen intently to the voice of God.
Reading should be something you do every day. However, there is a difference between reading the Bible and studying it. Do not merely read the stories. Once you are familiar with them, then dedicate yourself to needful study so that you may know how to apply the Scriptures in your life. Look for the scriptures that speak out to you and start with those. Then, as the Spirit leads you, find every relevant scripture so that you can expand your knowledge of the doctrine. This is where a concordance and Greek and Hebrew lexicon come in handy. If any word or concept is in question, refer back to the original Greek. Compare the scriptures to the Textus Receptus and the Majority Greek Text, which are the most reliable and longest-used forms of Greek text.
Remember that a tree becomes tall and fruitful by digging its roots deep in the soil. I would therefore like to encourage you to dig deep into the word, that you may be transformed by it.
Then, when you have been influenced by the word, you can turn around and encourage others also through the word. Look for someone today who needs encouragement and pray for words. If the Lord supplies you words, then share them diligently in the joy of fellowship.
Meet with me in Your word. Read me Your book and make the pages come alive. Teach me from it. I choose to listen carefully to Your voice so that I can submit to it. Show me the intended meaning of the word, that I may both live it out and encourage my brethren through it. Help me Lord also to have a more thankful heart for all You do.