Colossians 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
1…set your hearts on things above
2…Set your minds on things above
3…your life is now hidden with Christ in God
9…you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
The Good News today is your life is “now hidden with Christ in God.” Think about that for a moment. Think about the times you’ve spoken or done things that needed to be hidden. If you need a little help with that re-read verses 5-8 and you begin to remember it’s the pain and shame of your sins that Christ has taken upon himself to “hide.”
Those sins are now hidden. You’re forgiven! Thank God for that, but you may have some scars. Jesus has a purpose for your scars, just as he did for his own when he showed them to Thomas, the doubter, as proof of new life. Remember those scars? Remember whose image is renewing you?
New life brings healing but even healing can leave scars. Your heart and mind are now set “on the things above.” Jesus has hidden your pain and shame and transformed scars into verifiable evidence: proof of the reality of your new life that may even convince others of his glory. “You have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”