Get A Life

Colossians 3: 1 - 4 You have been raised to life with Christ. Now set your heart on what is in heaven, where Christ rules at God’s right side. 2 Think about what is up there, not about what is here on earth. 3 You died, which means that your life is hidden with Christ, who sits beside God. 4 Christ gives meaning to your life, and when he appears, you will also appear with him in glory.

If I had to retitle the Book of Colossians it would be, "How to get a life."  In this book Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, teaches the church in Colosse principles for living.  

I love Chapter 3 where he says that you have been raised to life with Christ.  

If there is something that we humans cannot do is recreate life.  Once something is dead, it's dead.  I know that this is sad news, but that's just the way that it is.  

Yet you and I live in a world that believes it can create and recreate anything in their image.  In fact, the world thinks they can make humanity better.  That we can evolve and eradicate all our social ills, poverty and disease.  

Now I do believe that we can improve our lives and the lives of others.  We can improve the quality of life and successfully address individuals and their needs.  But to recreate the world in our image?  Can't be done.  Why?  

We cannot raise the dead.

Col 2:13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses

In our sins we are dead.  Sure we're physically alive and we can think for ourselves but spiritually we are dead as a doornail.  

When we repent of our sins and give our lives to Christ, He does what no one else can do.  He brings us new life.  We are transformed, not reformed.  We are changed from the inside out.  Everything that the world tries to do, that it offers counterfeits for, is done through a living, beautiful, relationship with Christ.  

Whatever you are trying to accomplish in life, understand this.  You've probably done all you can do and changed as much as you can on your own.  It's time to bring you back to life.  To get a life, a new life in Christ. 

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, I need a new life.  Come into my heart and change me.  AMEN