Often, I enjoy sitting with a passage and journaling reflections on it. Here are some notes on Colossians 3:1-4 that later became a page in my book, An Unhurried Life (p. 184-85):
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
- I am risen with Christ (1). This is a great reality of my life as a Christian. I am risen now. Though it is true that I will fully realize my risenness with Christ after I depart this earthly body and take on a heavenly body like His, the risenness is reality now.
- The invitation to me as a risen one is to set my heart (and my mind) on things above and not on earthly things. When I am hurried, it seems that earthly things are the full focus of my attention. I lose sight of the real and actual presence of Christ with me, the One seated in favor at the Father’s right hand.
- Again, in baptism I died with Christ and my life is now hidden with Christ in God. In this sense, my full risenness is yet to be displayed. There is yet to come a glorious unveiling of my true identity in Christ when He appears in glory.
- “things above” versus “earthly things” may not necessarily be two different categories of things but perhaps a different perspective or orientation to the same things. Do I realize that I can only enjoy and fully enter into anything as I do so in Him, with my mind and heart set on things above. Practicing His presence. Remembering the reality of my life as eternal.
- “your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Because I have been baptized into Christ, my true identity is hidden from this world. That I am God’s beloved, an heir together with Christ of God’s kingdom, is hidden from the view of others. It is hidden now, but will appear at Christ’s appearing.
- I am encouraged in all of these ways because I have been raised together with Christ. I am risen now with Him, but I will be risen fully and visibly when He appears. My life is hidden in Christ, Who also seems quite hidden from the world’s eyes these days. Is this one of the implications I am to draw from Paul’s words?
- I do not set my heart or mind on earthly things because they are not the primary source of my identity, even though I live in a world that tends to define itself in terms of earthly achievements, earthly acquisitions and earthly recognition.
- My relation to earthly things has changed because I died. Those who have died are no longer concerned with earthly possessions, engagements or honors.
- Practically speaking, the reality of my life being hidden with Christ in God sometimes feels hidden from even me. In my hurry with so many “earthly things” clamoring for my attention, the hidden reality of who I truly am seems so much quieter and so much more faint. This doesn’t make this reality any less real though.