This week in our Colossians Bible study, we enjoyed the phrase in Col. 3:16, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly...
|His word is rich!|
Since I am studying Nutrition, I greatly appreciated the analogy of letting the word dwell in us richly to eating a meal in which the food is assimilated by our bodies and nourishes us. Like the word of Christ, food is rich in nutrients, but even so, if we are not able to absorb the riches, the food will not adequately nourish us. This reminded me of a difference in nutrient deficiencies one may have...
Primary deficiency vs. Secondary deficiency
primary deficiency is a deficiency that occurs when not enough of a nutrient is consumed in the diet (which could be likened to reading the word every now and then and not taking in the word in a consistent or adequate manner)
secondary deficiency occurs when a person cannot absorb enough of a nutrient, excretes too much of a nutrient from the body, or cannot utilize a nutrient efficiently (which can be likened to reading the word perhaps very often and even memorizing it extensively, but not digesting, assimilating, or enjoying the word so that it nourishes and enriches us)
So how can we let the word of Christ dwell in us richly? ... to be continued :)