‘Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.’ Colossians 3.1
This verse functions rather like a magnet as it has the potential to draw us to a different place from where we started! Over the next three days we are going to focus on it, taking each phrase in turn.
These words from Paul begin a new chapter by stating an incredible truth - we have been raised with Christ. The Christian life is not about a list of rules, regulations and things we should not do – although some regard it this way – but instead is all about who we are, and a call to take this seriously. It starts here with this inspiring truth; ‘you have been raised with Christ’.
This is true for every single Christian. What identifies us as Christians is not first and foremost our behaviour, but this truth that we have been raised with Christ. We are alive to Jesus, with full access to him, and the same relationship with his heavenly father as he enjoyed.
The tendency is often to think of ourselves as impoverished, down-trodden, and frankly not much good. Yet God cries out through Paul’s words that this is not true – we are alive with Jesus and he is with us now.
Take these words and slowly repeat them to yourself: “I am raised with Christ”. As you keep saying them, find your focus lifted from the concerns of life around you and raised to the place of his presence.
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