A Welcomed Guest

A Welcomed Guest

Colossians 3:16

Have you ever stayed as a guest in a home where the people made you feel like an unwelcomed guest? I recently read a story about a pastor who had been asked to preach at a church that was far away from his home, but the congregation could not afford to put him up in a hotel. They told him that a family in the church had offered to have him stay in their home for the few days that he was there.

When the pastor arrived at the home the mother of the family greeted him coldly and showed him his room. She then told him, “Don’t expect any meals or expect us to talk with you. We agreed to let you use this room but you are on your own for anything else.” She left the pastor standing in the doorway, and for the next five days and nights that he was there, the entire family went about their business as if he was not there. He had never felt more awkward and unwanted in his life. He was an unwelcomed guest.

That story got me thinking about what Paul the apostle says in Colossians 3:16: “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you…”

In Colossians 3:16, Paul tells us that the word of Christ should dwell in us richly. The word dwell is taken from the Greek word enoikeo, which is a compound of the words en and oikos. The word en means in, and the word oikos is the Greek word for home. Together they mean to dwell in a home. It carries the idea of someone who takes up permanent residence in a home.

So when Paul tells us to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly, he is encouraging us to give God’s word a warm and welcoming reception so that it feels at home in us and takes up permanent residency within us!

Does the word of God have this kind of place in your life? Does it dwell in you richly? Does it feel at home in your life or is it being treated as a complete stranger just as that pastor was? I pray that the word of God is a welcome guest in your life and that it will always be at home and dwell in you richly!

A Theological Sleep Aid

A Theological Sleep Aid

In Colossians 1:15-23, Paul wrote an amazing hymn about the person and work of Christ. Paul wrote that Jesus not only created all things (v. 16), he also stated, “… and in Him all things hold together” (v. 17). What this refers to is the fact that in this incomprehensively vast universe, Jesus holds every part together—every galaxy, every star, every comet, every molecule, and every atom. Given the scope and complexity of the universe, that’s an immense number of things to ‘hold together.’ The amazing thing is that holding the entire cosmos together is not difficult work for Jesus. Just as He effortlessly created the boundless universe of visible and invisible, so He effortlessly sustains it. There is no difficulty in it for Him. He doesn’t get fatigued by it. He has it completely under control.

This is more than just an academic truth, however. It’s actually very practical. Not only does Jesus hold together the unfathomably vast cosmos, He holds together our lives. Yours and mine. He who effortlessly sustains every facet of this complex universe is also keeping an eye on every aspect of our lives and issues. There’s not a single element of which He is unaware. He ‘holds together’ every facet of our lives.

More and more I’ve thought of this as I’ve crawled into bed at night, still carrying burdens of the day. Those burdens can easily threaten my sleep. I have been reflecting more on the fact that Jesus is currently holding the universe together. Because He’s doing a more than adequate job with the universe as a whole, I realize that He is more than capable of holding together every detail of my life… and the lives of others I care about. I sleep better when I think that way as I wind up the day. Reflect on the reality of Colossians 1:17 if you go to bed burdened. It’s a way better than a sleep aid.