5 WORDS FOR 2014
”Christ, who is our life…” Colossians 3:4. We will make reference to several verses from this passage but for now let us lift out these five words for thought. We think about our life of the past 12 months with perhaps some mixed emotion. We now anticipate our life for the next 12 months as a block of time. Would it not be great if you and I would be able to grasp these five words given to us by the Holy Spirit in Colossians stating to us that, “Christ is our life”? Someone has rightly said, “There is only one life that wins, and that life is the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every person is invited to accept this life if one has not already done so.
These 5 words are truly amazing when one meditates upon them. However, I must include at least the first four verses of Colossians 3 as well. These are amazing verses that add to and somewhat define these 5 word in verse four. I give them to you to read from these thoughts.
“If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God; when Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4.
We have learned from the study of the languages that many times the word “IF” means a settled proposition rather than imparting doubt or question. Therefore this is one of those places where we could read in verse one “since ye then be risen”. Here in these four verses are amazing truths that should inspire and lift us up to allow the Lord to live His life through us.
There are two questions that arise from this truth contained in these five words that state to each of us that “Christ is our life”. Question number one is…is Christ truly in my life? Have I fully trusted Him as my Lord and Savior? Have I repented and received Him as these verses explain to us? Question number two is if I have not trusted Him as Savior then the giver of all life has not found a place in my heart and life. We are also reminded going back to the original book of Genesis that God took dirt and molded it into the form of man called Adam. This, of course, was not enough; God breathed into Adam the “breath of life” God is the “life giver”. Man in his doubt has been seeking for the source of life for centuries. God the Father and Christ our Savior is the origin and sustainer of life. “Christ is our life…”
Verses 5-11 are also verses that we should be concerned with as we go into 2014 as unchartered territory. There are many things that we will and must face in the next 350 days. This passage tells us that it involves the “old man”. Yes, Christ is our life because of the new birth however we still live in this tabernacle of clay called the “old man” which continues to be in opposition to our Lord. We are all well aware of the fact that the “old man” will remain in this condition as verse four tells us that Christ shall appear and we shall appear with Him. Please be reminded that we are admonished that “greater is he that is within us than he that is in the world.” Read also the last few verses in 1 Corinthians 15.
This passage in verse eleven ends with this wonderful promise and thought, “…but Christ is all and in all.” Verse one says “seek those thing which are above.” Verse two also encourages us to “set your affection on things above.”