So if you have been raised …

by TerryLema

Every now and then when I feel a bit dry, I run home to one of my favorite passages.  It begins the practical part of Colossians. So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. When the Messiah, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.” [Colossians 3:1-4 HCSB]

This passage reminds me to reset my thinking. It starts with a bang! “So, if you have been raised with the Messiah ….”

I am reminded that my “if” has been changed to a “since.” It changed in August 1973! I was dead in my trespasses but now I have been made alive by God’s great mercy brought to me by Christ Jesus. Not only that, but I have also now been raised up and seated in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus my LORD. (Isn’t it amazing what changing “if” to “since” brings in our life!)  [Ephesians 2:1-10]

Since I have been raised, I now am to seek what is above where my LORD and King is seated in the place of authority, the Right Hand of God. My mind is not to dwell on the things of earth. (The things of earth seek to bring us down to its level, while our King seeks to lift us to be all we can be in Him.)

Oh, what an eternal protection He brings to me. My old life is gone, and this new life is hidden with Christ in God. (Nothing can take us out of the Hand of our Savior.)  [John 10:28-30]

And last of all I am reminded that my final and eternal state is glory with Him. (When our LORD returns, “[we] also will be revealed with Him in glory.”

 Funny how just reading that passage nourishes my soul! (I pray it nourished yours also.) Thank you, LORD Jesus. Amen

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