Hidden in Christ
Today I had an opportunity to speak in chapel at the local Christian school, and I got to talk to students about what it means to really belong to, and be hidden in, Christ. It was such an inspiring experience I decided to share with you a bit of what I learned from Colossians 3:1-4 (the passage I shared from). Below are my notes:
v. 1a: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ …”
– To be raised one must first have died; death must be experienced in order to experience resurrection
– We were made alive in Christ, and this is not of our doing, but His working (Ephesians 2:1-9)
v. 1b: “… set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.”
– Heart = passion, emotion, energy; our passion should be for the things of God not the things of man
v. 2: “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
– Minds = intellect, knowledge, learning, maturity, logic instinct, decisions
– Not only should we feel faith and become passionate about it, but we should seek to learn, grow and excel in our understanding; we should base our decisions and logical pursuits off of it. Faith isn’t always a blind faith.
v. 3: “For you died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
– Our life is now hidden and all that people should see is Christ. They should see the heart of God in how we live out our lives.
– His life reflects off of us (as the sun reflects off of the moon). His story permeates from us. His love and grace is lived out through us. Life itself is seen through his work in us.
v. 4: “When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
– His life becomes our life. He is our source of life.
– We are grafted into his kingdom, his people, and his family. We become sons and daughters of royalty and appear with him in his glory (Ephesians 2:19-20; 1 Peter 2:9-10)
– We set our hearts and mins on the things above because of this: that we are now of God’s royal family and his is now our life.
As I read through this passage, and taught it, today I could not help, but think of how deeply grafted into Christ we are. We are hidden in Him and He is our life. He is our source, and our hope, and it is because of this that we set our hearts and minds on Him above all things. I hope these thoughts are encouraging to you today as you seek Christ.