Hidden In Christ

12th –14th August

Weekend Edition

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honour at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.”

Colossians 3:1-3

Since the great divide has been healed and the gap between God and man bridged by Christ, our identity has been transformed as we become new creations. We become children of Christ and heirs to the inheritance of eternal life. Yet above all, our lives are hidden in Christ. When God looks at us, because we are hidden in Christ, He doesn’t see how we used to be, a sinful, wretched man, but instead He sees Christ and see us in Christ, redeemed, renewed and restored. He sees purity and holiness. We have been raised to new life in Christ. Our past is gone, forgotten about and dealt with by God’s grace shown and displayed through Jesus.

We need to set our minds on these truths. We need to stop looking back at the past and letting the past define us. We are forgiven. We are a new creation. We will never move forward if we are always looking backwards at the past. We need to set our minds on the things of heaven; What has God got in store for me? How does God see me? How can I be used to extend His Kingdom? Friends, today, may we remember that we are hidden and enveloped by the love, grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. That is who we are, that is our identity. Start your day with remembering this precious truth.

A New Life In Christ

19th May

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of Heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honour at God’s right hand. Think about the things of Heaven, not of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:1-13

What does new life in Christ look like? Do we physically change.. Sometimes yes! But the biggest change is in our values and our priorities in life. We stop living for self and start living for Christ. In other words, Jesus becomes the captain and lead sailer of our ‘life boat’. He steers us through life’s storms, He comforts us during times of loss and mourning, He leads us when we don’t know what way to go and gives us a sure anchor in moments of peace.

As we grow in Christ, we realise that the things that truly matter are birthed from Heaven’s throne. That is not to belittle life on earth, as it is a gift, as is all that lives on earth. Yet instead of getting caught up in the day to day struggles of life, Paul advises the church, to focus on Christ and the things of Heaven. That is to say we should invite Jesus into every part of our lives, not wasting time worrying about our problems, but rather in complete submission, surrendering them to God and allow Him to steer us through them. After all, as Paul says, our real life in hidden with Christ. Let us not concern ourselves too much with building empires for ourselves here on this earth, but rather let us invest our resources and gifts in building the Eternal and Everlasting Kingdom of God.