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. Colossians 3:3-4
First of all, I read these verses over and over, trying to grasp what it means to be hidden with Christ in God. Part of it means claiming the truths of what it means to be a child of God, like:
- Nothing can separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38-39)
- Because of the blood of Jesus, I am justified, made right before God (Romans 5:1; 1 Corinthians 6:11))
- I am therefore a friend of God (John 15:15)
- My eternal destiny is in Heaven and is secure (John 3:16; 5:24; Jude 24; John 10:28)
I could go on and on! That lifts my spirits just thinking about all of the things that are mine because I am in Christ. What I really wanted to write about today is that Jesus is my life, and what that means. It’s all connected.
This summer we “cut the cord” on Direct TV, which has been a good thing all on its own. We still have Amazon Fire Stick, but the only thing I’ve really watched all summer has been Christian speakers on Youtube. It’s been really edifying. I was watching a talk by Paul Tripp (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9S7fgW8XVw) that really got me thinking about Colossians and Jesus being my life in a deeper way. If you get time to watch it, it is really good. So most of the thoughts of this study are the ideas from Paul Tripp’s talk.
In Mark 6:45-52 there is the account of Jesus putting the disciples into a boat to go across the Sea of Galilee. He didn’t get into the boat with them, and a storm blew up. He put them into the boat by themselves, knowing a storm was coming. Why? To build their faith.
“Faith isn’t natural. Worry is, envy is, doubt and anger are, but faith isn’t. That’s why God has to take us outside of our comfort zones to produce in us what doesn’t come naturally to us. He has to take us where we don’t want to go to produce in us what we can’t achieve on our own. That’s grace. It’s not the grace of relief. It’s the grace of refinement–it’s uncomfortable grace. Often the grace of God comes in uncomfortable forms because that’s just what we need.” Paul Tripp
Then Jesus really blew them away by walking on the water to the boat. They thought it was a ghost. He stood next to the boat. He spoke to them and said, Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid. And He got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded. Mark 6:49-51
*When you are in the middle of something terrifying, what do you say to yourself about God? They said, “It’s a ghost.” No–it was Jesus. It showed that they just didn’t get it.
*Who do you talk to the most? It is yourself.
Watch what you say to yourself about God, and watch what you say to yourself about yourself. Think about it. Think about the last time you were in a jam–what did you say to yourself about you? And what did you say to yourself about God? Were they good things? Were they faith things? Or were they things that cut like a knife, words that were so bad that no one else would ever dare say those things to you, or out loud say them about God?
Look at Mark 6 and see what Jesus said to the disciples. He didn’t say: “Get out of the boat you imbeciles! I’m getting 12 different guys who are smarter.” No–He said, “Don’t be afraid, it is I.” “It is I” is a variation of “I am.” In other words, “I AM” is here. I AM has invaded your life with grace. This is what I must say to myself. I am not in this alone because my life has been invaded by the great I AM and it has changed everything.
Don’t forget who you belong to, who has invaded your life and who you belong to. Stop with the negative talk, the worry, doubt, anger and fear! It hurts you, and it hurts others. You end up saying those things to others that are close to you as well, like your spouse or your children.
Suppose you got a really cool gift, but you were more taken with the gift wrapping than with the gift. Don’t just be happy with the box and not the amazing gift of grace. Don’t be content with just a little bit of Jesus or of Bible knowledge, a small dose of worship, or a small adventure with this life of faith.
Grab a hold of this AMAZING GRACE with both hands, saying with your life: I love this gift. It is my life. I am blown away. This is who I am and I AM has invaded every inch of my life.
When Christ who is my life appears, then I will appear with Him in glory.