Colossians 3: 1 – 4 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. (NIV)
A man of humble ordinary means won a multi-million dollar lottery a couple of years ago. After surrendering his 40% to the U.S. Department of Treasury for taxes, he began buying what he'd only dreamed!
First on the list was a $3 – 5 million dollar Lamborghini. People getting to see you whiz by in a precision engineered supercar with a top speed near 225 Mph (360 Kph for left side road drivers). He located and proceeded directly to the nearest dealer. With five or six different models and only around 2000 or so handmade each year, his choices weren't many but oh what beauties!
Upon deciding on a vehicle, he began to look the car over more closely. He noticed no spare tire. He asked the salesperson, Where do you keep the spare tire for the car? Their reply, There is no spare tire. He said, What happens if I have a flat tire and need to change it? The representative responded, Call roadside assistance, we'll come take care of any problem you have with the car.
I got a big laugh from this story. The man going from 'rags to riches so quickly,' forgot if he was now rich enough to buy a Lamborghini. No worries about a flat tire or any other problem, he was wealthy enough for any occurrence.
The picture of this conversation immediately became one for the passage above. How often and quickly I forget who I am in Christ. What He has done and who He has made me!
Col. 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. (NIV)
This verse tells me my position in Christ. Where? I'm raised in new life, seated at the right hand of God with Jesus. No longer running around, looking for earthly answers, satisfaction or prestige. Rather, set my heart on Christ seated in heaven beside the Father. This is where all answers, contentment and fulfillment come.
Col. 3:2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (NIV)
Why is God telling me to set my mind above after already instructing me where to set my heart? Here's where I get my big chuckle and sobering reminder. Like Lamborghini man, so I don't forget who I am and the provisions through Jesus, Lord of all. I belong to Him not this earth, a brief sojourner.
I have family treasures in a safety deposit box at the bank (of great heart value, not so much monetary). I don't think of them often. When I do my first thought, "where are they." Then remember, at the bank and OK. Heaven being unseen, I need a constant reminder of both heart and mind. To think of and be like Christ, remembering my true home resides above.
If I take my mind off of Christ. I begin to think fleshly again. All of a sudden, the supercar has a flat and I need to 'fix it.' I begin in my strength and effort to try and change the tire, but there is no spare! Or try working on an engine only a handful on earth are qualified too. Spiritual work, only One is qualified, Christ Jesus.
Col. 3:3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. (NIV)
Looked at where and why, now what. What is the state of my life? I've died with Christ. He died on the cross of Calvary. Through my choice to be 'in Him,' I am hidden in God. Through death with Him, I am now able to be raised with Christ in new life.
Col. 3:4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (NIV)
Now who ... when Christ Who is my life appears so will I, in Christ's glory. Jesus provides this redemptive honor through His sinless shed blood. For nothing imperfect resides with The Perfect One, God.
Verse one. Both salvation and sanctification are addressed; salvation, by being raised in Christ Jesus. To be sanctified, place my heart in heaven, with God. For where my treasure is, there will my heart be also. (Matt. 6:21) We begin to be Kingdom minded placing our thoughts on Jesus.
Verse two, more on the importance of sanctification. Not only so we'll be heavenly minded but as trouble may come our way. We do not lose sight of who we are, sons and daughter of The Most High. God comes to our aid if we call (a choice) Him and don't try through our effort to repair things.
No matter how great or small, while on this earth God's Kingdom view 'fix' might not be what I want. So as Lamborghini man, I forget all heavenly riches in Christ are mine. To seek get an answer which meets my approval. No matter, one thing remains the same. He changes the tire. If I choose, I call for help when broken down!
Verse three, I have died. It is no longer Iwho live but Jesus. I am alive yet buried in Christ with God. The only way it could be for God, requiring 100% complete holiness to be in His presence. Only One can provide us such, the sinless Lamb of God in whom I now live and am seen.
Finally, when my life Jesus appears, I will share in His glory only because of the Savior. The One Who takes away the sin of the world and replaces it with His righteousness, so I can dwell with the Perfect One Forever. Then I might learn new and wondrous truths of God each and every 'second' of eternity. Of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, etc... The list goes on forever and ever.
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Excellent blog, Les!
You've done a wonderful job of writing this in such a way that the importance of reviewing, and continuing to learn, just "who we are in Christ" really comes through. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
Wonderfully blogged, for I am seeing a new side to your personality as you are turning up important truths that have been worked through your experience to become living pulsating aspects of holiness which the Lamborghini man will be nourished on.
Thank you John. (see this old computer didn't take my earlier reply). I'm so grateful you and all CB put up with me laying out a plethora of issues (confess your sin for prayer so you may be healed). The Holy Spirit has been working mightily on my behalf for years and is uncovering/releasing areas to share as the former are being addressed.
Will see where the journey goes. Always know I'll be grateful for such great grace from Him and CB members.