“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. “
Where are you?
Are you searching for yourself? Have you recently, or not-so-recently, committed your life to Christ? Do you find that you don’t quite know where you are, because the places where you used to find yourself are now empty?
This passage gives us a beautifully clear picture of where to find ourselves – and why we cannot continue to find ourselves in places of the past.
You’re no longer there.
You died. And now, your life is hidden with Christ in God.
That’s why Paul says to align the cries of your heart and the dreams of your mind to feel and see things above – not just because that’s where Christ is, but that’s where your life is too. For your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
This is difficult for many of us to grasp. Most days, we still feel like our old selves. Most days, we feel too dirty to be found in Christ. We still listen to the same lies. The same temptations continue to crouch at our doorstep. Only this time, when we succumb, gut-twisting guilt pulls our hearts and spirits down to the pit. We’re stuck in a pattern of old behavior with new consciouses; and nothing really changes. Why is that?
It’s because we haven’t taken the time to find ourselves.
Our very nature has changed. We were once fish; now we’re birds. We used to swim in water. Water was once air to us, but not anymore.
Now, if we want to find ourselves, we must look up.
Above. That’s where Christ is.
And it’s where we are, too.