Scripture: from verse 16
let the Word of the Messiah, in all its richness, live in you
Observation: …which is kinda funny, since Messiah is the Word made flesh (John 1) and it gets all paradoxical. But when you’re talking about the Ultimate Source of Everything, a lot of words and titles start to get interchangeable. It’s all Him.
Anyway, Paul clarifies in the next verse that this means (at least in part) that everything we do or say should be done in Messiah’s name, acknowledging that God is our ultimate authority.
But that’s a lot of richness. The Word of Messiah is what created the universe out of nothing, after all. It is the Source of Sources and the Energy that fueled the first photons and the Knowledge of all the ages. I don’t think it’ll fit, to be honest. I’m not that big.
But the verse doesn’t say I have to try to cram all of that inside me. It says I have to let it live in me. I just have to make it welcome. I just have to make room, and acknowledge that my energy and my knowledge are flawed and incomplete. He’s the one who will come in and pour His riches over my poverty.
I don’t know how the Relevant Entity can possibly live in me. But apparently He wants to.
Application: Acknowledge that you don’t have it figured out. Allow Him to fill in the blanks.
Prayer: Yeshua, your richness is welcome in me. Thank you for helping me grow and teaching me to think more clearly and live more peacefully. Amen.