Day 26 - The New Testament Life
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. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:1-5)
The risen and ascended Christ is at God’s right hand right now. This means that the Lord Jesus has all power and authority and gloriously reigns from heaven above. He continues to speak to God on our behalf for our good, and our souls are securely hidden in Him. He is our life now. What a wonderful thought, and let us look forward to this Christ’s second coming when we will also appear with him in glory!
The New Testament life is about holy living, since we have been joined to a holy Saviour. Paul stresses that our motivation for holy living is not fear of punishment but heavenly-minded hope for those who have been united with Christ. He tells us to “seek the things that are above” and that “our life is hidden with Christ in God”. We are forgiven and freed from sin, utterly loved by God. Don’t let that little phrase “Christ who is our life” pass you by. To the Christian, we must realise that Jesus is our everything.
Because of that, we are to put to death anything in our lives that is idolatry, or that which competes with Him for our hearts. He warns us against sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and covetousness – all of it must die. The image Paul uses here is not a casual or accidental one, it is a determined, intentional, killing of sin that he talks about - “putting [sin] to death”. And Paul promises that Jesus, our life, will appear again.
- Heavenly-minded hope can motivate us towards holiness. What is God saying to you today?
- What does it mean that Jesus is our life? Think over what it cost Jesus to make you His own.
Our heavenly Father, thank You for Your Son Jesus Christ. I have no higher joy than to be called His own. Hallelujah, all I have is Christ! Jesus alone is my life. Forgive me for my sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and covetousness. Each of these is damning. Yet through Jesus, You hold out forgiveness and hope. Grant me utter reliance on You for all of life, its joy and meaning. Help me so that in everything I do and say, Your name might be glorified, Amen.
- Our church, that we will be receptive to God's Word today and live New Testament lives of personal holiness.
- The ministry of the Singapore Baptist Convention, that it will rally members effectively to do the work of the Great Commission.
- Protection against idolatry and every kind of sin.