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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.
Even as a Christian, it is so easy to get distracted with the charm of unhelpful things around us. It’s easy to have misguided priorities and to allow trivial things to capture our hearts and imaginations.
What can help realign our hearts and minds to Jesus? How can we see the wonderful gifts of this world, and put them in their proper place before God?
This battle of where to place our heart and trust is a constant struggle for us as we follow Jesus, even on our best days. That’s why Colossians 3:16 is a passage I pray almost every day, for myself and others: “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.”
In Colossians, this verse is surrounded by a call to love and a call to live out our faith in the name of the Lord Jesus. What we have here is both a blessing and an appeal. Our prayer should be that God will imbed his very Word in us—make a home with us. Our prayer should also be that we would receive that Word deep in our hearts—not just on the surface, but richly and transformationally.
When the Word of Christ dwells in us, when the gospel dwells in us, when the voice of Jesus dwells in us, we discover afresh the truth about who we are—sinners adopted by grace—and who he is—our Saviour, worthy of all praise. We discover afresh how we now belong to him as sons and daughters. We can intimately engage with the good news of Jesus, our Messiah, so we can share him, teach about him, sing to him, thank God for him. Our lives are impacted by the indwelling Word, by the love of Christ enlivened by his Spirit.
We can pray this verse over ourselves and others so that we don’t get distracted by foolish things and are more alert to sin. We can pray this verse, most importantly, that our hearts are retuned to sing his grace. May you pray this Word of Jesus Christ dwell in you richly, and may it transform your every moment of every day for God’s glory.