3 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
When we were baptised we died to the ‘world’. Paul emphasises that we have been raised to a new life, Christ’s life. My life is no longer my own it’s Christ’s resurrection life
As I read through Colossians God gave me a picture. In it Jesus was seated on His throne and I was standing before Him. He reached out His arms and beckoned me forward. I looked behind me and saw all the features of my former sinful life. I had to make a choice. Jesus said that He had made all the preparations for our home together, all I needed to do was accept His gracious invitation to leave everything else behind and come to live in and with Him.
In the ‘Message’ paraphrase [v.2] we read, “If you are serious about this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides….That’s where the action is. See things from His perspective”.
Paul then goes on to say how intimate our union with Christ is, for when He appears, we will appear in/with Him. What a great future we have to anticipate!
Father, I am so thankful for your Presence in my life and for my life in Christ. I am thankful for your gracious invitation to come live in you, I ask you to keep me alert to every situation which would lead me away from you. I love you Jesus it’s so much better to live in You rather than in the world.
Written by Keith Bennett