Colossians 3:1–4 ‘Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.’ (v1)
Status changes can make us feel very different about life. You may recall your first days as a parent or in a new role in a company or perhaps serving in a local church.
You are the same person as you always have been, but now your role or label means that certain things are expected of you, and you expect certain things of yourself.
The Christian has been given a new status in Christ, and Paul reminds the Colossians that they have been raised with Christ.
He is using the imagery of death and new life symbolised through water baptism. As those raised with Christ, we set our hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
We may have heard the phrase, ‘I am OK, under the circumstances.’ A good friend of mine would jokingly reply: ‘What are you doing under there?!’
Our position is as one ‘raised with Christ’ and so our focus needs to be where He is, at the right hand of God and as such in the most powerful position in the universe.
There will be plenty of times when you may feel that others have diminished you or put you down or minimised your value.
But deep within you can know that your resurrection status and connection to Jesus changes everything about how you view your day and the challenges that you face.
This is a great truth to take into a new day.
A Prayer To Make:
‘Thank You for my position as raised with Christ.
Help me today to live in the good of that. Amen.’
An Action To Take:
Set your mind on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God!
Scripture To Consider:
Ps. 93; Isa. 40:25–31; Eph. 4:17–24; 1 Pet. 1:13–21