If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is 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
Over the last few days I keep coming back to Colossians, particularly the third chapter but I suppose all over the letter really. There’s something about Paul’s language in the above statement that seems to really put the Church in its place, both corporately and individually. He simply states who we are and what we will be doing when we recognize who we are.
What I perceive from simply reading this passage, not considering the history behind his letter or what was going on in the Church of Colasse at the time, is that if we truly are in Christ our minds will be set on Him. Being in Christ and having our minds set and focused on Him go hand in hand. Just as in Paul’s letters to the Romans and Galatia, his letter to the Colossian church speaks of their death in Christ as a past tense event. The Holy Spirit has to bring us to a state of mind to where we are constantly mindful of Christ and our position in Him. That position is the fact that we have died and now live a new life, a life that isn’t governed by our old self or the world around us, but a life that is lived by Christ Himself through us.
Christ is our life, this is a fact. For the this fact to be visible and practical we have to be mindful of it. Always remembering our place. This can only happen when we stop trying to accomplish this with our own strength and submit everything, including the matter of pleasing God over to Him.
There’s more I want to say about this passage but I will continue later. How is the Lord making these truths more real in your life?