Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)
If we took Christ out of our life, what would it look like? What are the habits in which we would engage? Where would it take us in our marriages … our health … our friends … our coping mechanisms … without Christ what would we be? Have we ever looked at someone in a dreadful situation and whispered, ‘There but for the grace of God go I’? I think we ought to also look at people who are rich and famous and utter the same thing. When we get our eyes off of earthly things and recognize the lies we believe, we may get a better understanding of what really matters.
It is not enough to say that we need Christ in our life. That’s a good beginning place perhaps in understanding but it is insufficient for a place to stay. Yes we do need Christ in our lives. But there is more. The truth is that Christ IS our life. This is not only perspective, but reality.
But Colossians 3 focuses on perspective … where is your heart … where is your mind? Keeping my heart on the things above seems to be the greatest challenge of my life. It is the focus on earthly things that keeps us entrapped in the sins that plague us. Keeping our heart on things above is the perspective from the protective embrace of God. Our Abba protects us, keeps us, cleanses us, and equips us. It is only Christ in us that is the hope of glory. Everything is about Christ. What does it mean to say that Christ IS our life?
We leave behind the things that are so unlike him. We put away the earthly things (Colossians 3:5-9) like old worn out toys from last year’s Christmas. They are no longer useful to us nor entertaining. Why make all the effort? Because Christ is our life.
We learn all we can about him, seeing people from his perspective. Knowledge of Christ is being renewed when we set our hearts above. This culture and world no longer sets the agenda for how we treat others. In Christ we see past regional and religious prejudices. We no longer see economics, skin color, habits, problems … we just see Christ. He is our life.
We add qualities to our lives that we learn from him. (Colossians 3:12-14) … love being the one that brings everything together.
When we gather with other Christians we pursue peace, thanksgiving, teaching, admonishing, singing … whatever we do we do it in the name of the Lord Jesus. Why? Because Christ is our life.
We look forward to the day when all will be made right. Our comfort and precious promise is that when we live our lives in Christ, the final day will be a day of even closer communion with Him.
Those are some thoughts about Colossians 3 … and how Christ IS our life.
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