1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
I had been going through Colossians in my quiet time and I want to share with you some of the thoughts that have been a blessing to me.
First of all, verse 1. Notice three words in the opening sentence ‘raised with Christ’. As we remember and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus, through communion and through our daily walk with God, we know that as Gods children we are raised to true life with Christ. Its not only as a result of Christ death that we are raised to life but actually with him as it says here in verse 1. As Christ rose from the dead so we have with him. That’s an amazing thought to ponder, that as God’s power was poured out in raising Christ from the dead, so this same power raised us from death into new life.
Verse 2 shows us the response we must have because we are raise to life with Christ:
2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
We must remain focused on heaven and not on things of earth. To concentrate our minds, souls and hearts towards eternity so that everything we do is in mind of eternity. It is important for us to remind ourselves to focus our hearts and minds to heaven, to see Christ seated at the right hand of God, interceding on our behalf and thank him for the sacrifice of the cross, so that we could live. Our job is not to be a plumber, teacher or housewife but our job as Christians is to glorify God in everything we do, making him known.
Then verse 3 continues with another reason to set our minds on heaven:
3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
How wonderful is that verse. One sentence contains a perfect summary of how we are changed as a result of Jesus’ death on the cross. We died but now our life is hidden or placed with Christ in God. Visualize this with me and let it sink in. As we experienced the saving power of God we died to ourselves, we lay dead. The power of God enters in, that power that raised Jesus breaths new breath into our lungs, started our heart, shook off our human sinfulness and placed our life inside Christ, within God. There is no more secure place to be.
The final thing I want to say is in verse 4:
When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Again Paul repeats that Christ is our life but not only have we the blessing of having Christ as our life but we have the thrill of knowing that when he appears and comes back for us we will share in his glory. Another version puts it:
And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
We will share in all his glory. Our life is Christ, we are raised by the same power as he was, our life is hidden within him within God and when he returns we will share in all his glory, Its hard to see all this and not be thankful for the cross. It brings me back to that wonder when I first realized that Jesus was the answer, back to when he saved me and gave me life.
Set your minds on things that are above