If ye 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
The worst thing someone could say to you is “I never knew you were a Christian”, because Jesus will probably say the same thing to you in the end, “Depart from me, I never knew you” (Matthew 7:23) So many Christians are trying to still fit into the world, while still abide in Christ. This is not possible, if you are a Born Again Christian, then the evidence should be clearly seen.
Look at the words from Paul here “If you are then Risen with Christ, seek those things which are above” Notice Paul doesn’t use a watered down explanation of someone’s faith, like many Christians today would just say they identify as a Christian. No, if your truly saved, your old self died with Christ, and your new self has been risen with Christ, hence Born Again
Paul is not talking about a Sunday Christian, that checks off the box for the week and then goes back to their normal living. Paul is talking about those who truly became Born Again in Christ by the Holy Spirit, that died to their old self and are walking in the newness of life. Seek those things which are above! Don’t concern yourself with carnal and temporal things, seek the Kingdom of God which is eternal
The Apostle Paul goes on to say “Set your affection on the things above, not on things on the earth” Well Paul just destroyed every prosperity preacher and false religion out there, why? Because of all them are motivated by carnal things. If you look to the root of every false teacher and religion, they all have one common denominator, they are motivated by worldly things, money, sex, and power.
When Christ died on the cross for your sins, your old self died with him also. If your old self hasn’t been crucified to that cross, then you are still dead in your sins. Most people don’t want to accept this truth, that’s why the real gospel of Jesus Christ is offensive to the world. That’s why the real Jesus Christ is so offensive to the world, because Christ is the Light exposing the darkness.
Think about this statement Paul makes, “when Christ , who is our life” , Is Jesus Christ your whole life? Does everything you do in life revolve around Christ? If not, then you need to do some self examination, because for those who are Born Again in Christ, have been Risen with Christ, Jesus Christ is our whole life, Amen!
I had a co worker tell me one day that he forgot I was a Christian. That opened my eyes real wide!
Also, I came across this quote one day. I’m not sure who said it though: “What are your family members, friends and associates learning about God from watching you?” That really hit home.
It is my desire, now, to get back into the Word, study it and live out my life so that others see Jesus in me.
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Wow..Thanks for sharing that sister! Yes , we as Christians are the Light of the World and Salt of the Earth, we are the Body of Christ, the world should see the evidence! Have a blessed day sister!
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