Real riches

Were you able to practice my suggestion in the last post of keeping in mind Jesus’ words exposing the fact that our lives do not consist in the abundance of possessions? What passage might we practice next?  How about Colossians 3:16: “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly”?

Think about what “richly” means. What would the daily income be of a rich person in our culture? A quick internet search reveals that at least one truly rich person in the US today makes over 1 billion dollars a day. Yes, that sounds rich indeed. So, when Paul urges us to let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly, does that describe our life in the Word? And dwelling richly, according to Colossians, does not just mean taking in the Word but also thinking about it, memorizing it, applying it, sharing and discussing it with others. What if the Word of Christ was like our respiration—with every breath in, we take to heart God’s Word and with every breath out, we put that Word to work in our lives?

The Word of God, like His revelation in nature, is inexhaustible and incomparable, captivating and inspiring. Paul’s imperative is as simple to pursue as the Word of God is powerful and life-giving.

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