Jesus Christ, the Believer’s Life (Colossians 3:1-4)
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Colossians 3:1-4, If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
While this world offers us little hope or assurance, we know that we are not dependent upon the world in this life, or the life to come. All those who are born again have been resurrected a new creature in Christ. We do not live in and of ourselves. Christ is our life. We are complete in Him. We stand in need of nothing that our Lord is unable to provide. We face no trial or adversity that is beyond His sovereign control. Death may one day claim our mortal body, but then we will live as never before. Our existence is not dictated by, or tied to, this world in which we currently dwell (Galatians 2:20).
A plastic surgeon noticed some curious things about the patients whose faces he operated on. For some, the operation resulted in instantaneous and lasting changes in their personalities. People who had been self-conscious about some blemishes became confident and sociable after the problem was fixed. But in spite of successful surgeries, there were others who insisted that the surgery made no difference at all. The doctor would show them before and after photographs, but the people still insisted, often heatedly, that their faces were no different. They refused to accept the truth and went on living just as they had before, dominated by their previous disfigurement, which no longer existed. Their lives were not changed because they didn’t believe the truth about the change that had taken place. As Christians, we’ve been given much more than a face lift. We have died to our old lives and have been raised up to new life in Christ. All that is true of the risen Christ is now true of us. Now we must continually keep seeking and setting our minds on the things above, where our true life is hidden with Christ in God. As we live in light of our new identity in Christ, we will win the battle against sin. Our identity is not found in what we do, but in Who we belong to.
In order to develop a heavenly mindset, we must also understand our future in Christ. Whatever we think about the future will affect how we live today. This heavenly mindset is developed through constantly thinking on our future in Christ (Philippians 3:20-21). For this reason, Satan is always after our minds. He realizes that if he can turn them away from heavenly things, he can turn us towards earthly things. According to Proverbs 23:7, what a person really thinks is what a person is. The earthlier we think, the earthlier we become. Satan is after the believer’s mind concerning the future. Satan understands that anybody who has this hope purifies themselves (I John 3:2-3). What you think about the future affects how you live today. This is why Satan is always attacking our thought life. He wants us to live like the world instead of living like a citizen of heaven waiting for our coming King.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, thank You for loving me and accepting me in Christ. Help me to live for You and to share Your message of salvation with others. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship.