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Devotional - week of April 11, 2004


RESURRECTION: SOURCE OF MEANINGFUL LIFE

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.  Colossians 3:1

The word “if” that begins Colossians 3:1 would be better translated “since.” The idea is that we have been raised spiritually with Christ and are seated at the right hand of God.

Romans 6:10-11 teaches the same truth. Verse 10 says, “… the life that He lives He lives to God.” Verse 11 commands us to believe we are alive to God just as Jesus is alive to God.

From our position with Christ at the right hand of God, we are to seek the things above. According to verse two, we are to “set our minds on things above, not the things on the earth.”  

“The things above,” mentioned in Colossians 3:1 and 3:2, include the plans God has for our lives because Paul follows in verse three with “For … your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

“Hidden” means we understand what we are to do by divine revelation. Paul precedes this statement with “For you died,” meaning our know-it-all attitude has been crucified and buried. When we experience our crucifixion and burial, we no longer have to decide what to do next. We trust God—from our position at His right hand—to reveal what we are to do next.

Verse four says, “Christ is our life.” Because our life is hidden and Christ is our life, we must have a revelation of what Christ wants to do through us. When we know that, we know what we are to do.

Imagine the thought: the crucified and resurrected Jesus living again on earth through you. So we are commanded by Paul in Romans 12:1 to present our bodies as living sacrifices to God.

With the glorious realization that the resurrected Jesus will live through us day by day, we count it a privilege to give our bodies to God. Experiencing the crucifixion and burial of our know-it-all attitude makes the gift of our bodies to God possible and easy.

Such a life is possible only because Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. The Easter Story has meaning for us at this very moment. If we live on the level Paul presents in Colossians 3:1-4, we will have a meaningful life.