“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1-3)
At the end of the day, what does it mean to be a Christian? Is it how you act? Is it what church you go to? Is it a way you talk or a way you dress? What does it mean to be a true follower of Jesus. The message of Colossians is something truly radical. To be a Christian is to be a dead man raised to life.
This sounds very strange to us because all we know how to think of the Christian life is in moral terms. When someone asks us whether we are a Christian or not, our response is “Well…I’m trying.” This misses the entire message of the gospel. God did not come to earth to make people better. He came to make dead men alive. We are dead men and women who have been raised to life once more.
And so, we must intentionally live not as people who are alive. I know in my head when I am tempted to sin, I can easily dismiss the sin in question to be compatible with the Christian life. However, that simply is not the case. The sins I am tempted to accommodate into my life are the deeds of a dead man.
As living souls, we now do not have to look to sex, money, or relationships to fulfill our lives. We look to the author of life, the one who has raised us up. He is our satisfaction. He is our goal. He is our eternal reward. He is the one we treasure above all else because only Jesus can truly satisfy.
As you look at and reflect upon the sin in your life and in your heart, you have to ask yourself, Am I really living as a man or woman brought from death to life? Never let your sin blind you. It wants your soul for ruin and destruction. Jesus though wants your soul to be a new creation after the image of God.
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