The life of Christ in me!
Scripture reading for October 7th: Colossians 3:1-17
True Christian thinking involves identification with Christ in His resurrection. Not only have we died with Christ, been buried with Christ, but we are raised up with Christ! (Galatians 2:20) Christ also ascended to sit at the right hand of the Father and we have been raised to identify with Christ in glory! The Holy Spirit is the Gift of the Father who enables us to identify with Christ and transforms to be like Him. (Ephesians 1:13-14)
“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) Christ is also coming again. When He appears, we will also appear with Him! We have the fullness of Christ given to us and can expect the eternal truths that Christ taught to come to pass. (Colossians 2:9-10) We have a new perspective from being raised with Christ!
As we change our focus from this life to Christ’s life, we begin to put off the things of our earthly nature that displeased God and caused trouble with others. Our focus is on pleasing Christ and preparing to meet Him instead of ourselves and our fleshly desires. All the old ways of immorality, lust, greed and idolatry were put to death on the cross so we can put them out of our lives. In their place, we put on the new self, “which is being renewed in the knowledge and image of the Creator.” (Colossians 3:10) Christ becomes our new identity.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you have have against one another. . .Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts since as members of on body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. . .” (Colossians 3:12-16a) Christ’s life produces identity and purpose in our lives. We have a calling to live in Christ’s peace knowing our sins are forgiven. What a gift to thank God for every day!