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. – Colossians 3:16
There is absolutely no man who has ever lived whose words are life transforming like the words of Jesus. Paul the Apostle in his letter to the Church in Colosse admonishes them to allow the word of Christ to dwell (have its home) in them (meaning in their hearts and minds) in all its richness.
God honours the words of His Son because they are His words. Jesus said in John 12:49 “For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. ” No wonder Christ’s words remain powerful today even after 2000 years of His resurrection. If we want God the Father to always honour our words, they MUST be the words of Christ. Our text today tells us that this word of Christ should not only be in us but must be in us richly; not scarcely, nor vaguely.
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” – Luke 6:45
What we speak about is a product of what fills our hearts, if your heart is full of life, your mouth will speak life. When the word of Christ dwells in our hearts richly, we find that our words will be Christ centred and not man focused. Our decision making will also follow this pattern.
What we speak about is a product of what fills our hearts, if your heart is full of life, your mouth will speak life.
When you look at Col 3:16 again, it will surprise you that the first purpose of His word in us is to glorify Christ and not for your own “selfish” benefit. “teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
Today we hear about how the word of God must work for us which means that we need to know how to make good use of the parts that work for us but that’s not the main purpose of God’s word. The word that’s in you must always glorify Him before it benefits you. Every parable Jesus spoke pointed to and glorified the Father. For example Psalm 119:11
Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. – Psalm 119:11
David hid God’s word in his heart in order to glorify God “That I may not sin against YOU“, it must be about Him. No wonder we get little or no results in our prayers, because most of the time they are self centred and not God’s centred. Allow God’s word to have its home in your heart and mind today and watch your life transform.
God Bless You.