When we hear the word “dwell” we normally think about home. We think about our families and our surroundings or our communities. Maybe we think of comfort and rest. Dwell holds the connotation of longevity and stability. It’s not a temporary state but rather somewhere we can remain.  Not only is the sun setting for our day here at Outback, but our time together is ending as well. Unfortunately our time is temporary. This will never be a camper’s permanent dwelling (no matter how much they ask if they can stay forever). Fortunately though, there is a much more meaningful and permanent dwelling for each and every one of us in Christ.

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.
Colossians 3:16

Today the campers discussed this verse. They talked about what it means to let Christ dwell in them. What does that look like? How do you let someone dwell inside of you? To have the Lord dwelling in your heart means that you allow Him to be present in all you do, that He is the One you desire to serve. With Him as the center, sin is pushed aside and we are able to fulfill His holy will.

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!  I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Psalm 119:10-11

This task is easy within the walls of Pine Cove with our daily Bible studies, devotionals, club talks, prayers, and atmosphere that constantly encourages praising the Lord, but back in our normal day to day lives it can be quite difficult to let Him dwell within us when we are surrounded by temptations. The key to being near to the Lord is constantly being in communion with Him through conversing with Him. By praying for His will to be done daily, we can better understand Him and grow holier as He consumes our hearts.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, not just at church or at Pine Cove or when you are in a setting that encourages worship, but all the time. When it’s uncomfortable that is when we need Him to be in our hearts the most because, with His power and grace, we can share the gospel. Sharing the gospel is exactly what we are called to do as it says in Colossians 3:16 “teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom.” When He dwells in our hearts, all things are possible because without Him we are weak but with Him we are made strong.