Christ Is Life
Read Colossians 3:4-5 (ESV)
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.
How does centering Your life on Christ help You live in a way that glorifies God?
I’ve seen some funny merchandise out there that make all sorts of claims about what life is. On mugs: “COFFEE IS LIFE!” On Tshirts: “FOOTBALL IS LIFE!” or “MUSIC IS LIFE!” On social media, I’ve seen moms with pictures of their husbands and kids with the caption: “My whole world.” I understand the sentiments. I really enjoy my hobbies and so much of my life revolves around my family. But does that mean they are my life?
In today’s verses, Paul says that Christ is our life and that He is going to return. And when He does, we will be glorified with Him. Wow! But this isn’t the only place in Scripture that Paul reminds us that Jesus is LIFE.
In Philippians 1:21, Paul famously wrote: “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
In Galatians 2:20, He said, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Our hobbies aren’t our lives. Our careers aren’t our lives. Our spouses and our kids are not our whole lives. In Christ, our lives should be centered around our relationship with Christ. He is the reason we even have life. “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). If it wasn’t for His sacrifice on our behalf, we would be dead in our sins and without hope in this world. What would be the point of all of the things we love if it weren’t for the hope we have in Christ?
Yesterday, we read that our “lives are hidden with Christ” (Colossians 3:3). One of the implications of this is that the world doesn’t get it. Our new life in Christ may seem completely foolish or absurd to unbelievers. “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18, NIV). They don’t understand the spiritual reality of our new life in Christ because it hasn’t been completely revealed at this point. It is hidden with Christ.
But when Christ returns, we will be glorified with Him and then the whole world will know. The whole world will finally understand that Jesus is Lord and that life is found in Him alone.
If Jesus is life, then how are we supposed to live? Paul says to put to death the earthly things that remain in us. We shouldn’t keep them around but just try not to do them. That is like keeping junk food on the counter and trying not to eat it! The temptation is powerful! So get rid of it! Kill it! Toss it out! You aren’t a slave to those things anymore. Your sexuality isn’t life. Your desires aren’t life. Your possessions aren’t life. So stop living as if those are the things that matter and instead obey God’s commands regarding the good things He has given us to enjoy in this life. Sex is a gift from God so use it within His boundaries of marriage and it will be life-giving. Your possessions are gifts from God so be grateful and content with what You have and live generously. I promise, it will be life-giving. Remove the evil, sinful, and immoral things from your life that kept you dead in sins. You have a new life in Christ! Why would you return to those old things?
Friends, the world has a lot to say about what life's all about. But Scripture is clear—Christ is life. When you fully understand that and live like it’s true, you will bring glory to God. And one day, you will also be raised up in glory with Him!
Lord, I confess that sometimes I lose sight of what life is. I misuse the good things you have given me and I put them up in Your place like idols. Put to death what is evil in me. Help me to center my life around You. Thank You for the life I have in You and help me to use it to honor Your name. Amen.
~ Pastor Nat Crawford
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