Colossians 3:16 – “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…”
My son loves to read a book about tractors and so we read it almost every night before bed. One page talks about the need for a tractor to have fuel, and it shows a fuel gage with the needle pointing to the half way point. Its not full but its not empty, which is ok for a tractor. Paul writes to the church at Colosse however and tells them that they need to be filled up on the word of God.
He says, “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,” the word richly that he uses means to “abound in” or “to abundance”. Paul is saying that we should be so full of the word of God that our entire beings are affected. Because of God’s word we should have joy in our hearts, because of God’s word we should love others, because of God’s word we should have wisdom to make even difficult decisions, because of God’s word we have hope that this world is not our home. What Paul is saying to that church is God’s word makes all the difference in the world.
Fill yourself up with the word of God and it will affect the person that you are. Fill yourself up with the word of God “to abundance”. That is a picture of a cup that is overflowing. Followers of Christ should be so filled up with God’s word that it spills out of our lives into the lives of other people. What does that mean? It means that we are willing to share God’s word with people around us. We are ready to share God’s word with those who are lost without Jesus AND we are ready to share God’s word with fellow Christians who are hurting and struggling. Yet it is more than just that, yes we should be willing to share the word, but Paul is also saying that the word fills us up, and we abound in God’s word, which means that it changes us. God’s word transforms us so much so that it comes out in our actions and our attitudes and our words.
When we “abound in” God’s word it is whole life transformation. Then that overflows from us into the lives of other people. God’s word when it dwells richly within us effects everything about us. That becomes obvious in not only what we say, but how we live and the attitudes behind our actions. God’s word transforms us into vessels of the glory of God.
So fill yourself up on the word of God. Take time each day to read and study and think about the word of God. Let it dwell richly within you and it will change you, for the better and for God’s glory!