‘Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.’
Hide and Seek, a childhood favourite! 1, 2, 3 . . . and kids scatter trying to find the best spot, most times it would be behind the curtains doing my best to control my breathing as I take a whiff of the fabric laced with dust and mothballs.
Paul starts off chapter three with the instruction of an old sage, words wrapped in wisdom and godliness … ‘set your hearts on things above where Christ is’.
I know I’m not alone when I admit that sometimes it feels easier to hide from God than to seek Him. Searching for God in the middle of the noise that can so quickly distract us requires character and determination, a grit that pushes against anything that is not His path or His direction. But the apostle pushes us towards not hiding from Him but hiding in Him when he writes ‘For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.’
Scripture calls us to ‘hide’ from certain behaviours that brand us angry, malicious, slanderous or filthy mouthed by ‘seeking’ compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
In our everyday ordinary I’m aware that God asks me to be intentional about pursuing righteousness in every area of my life, working on the rough edges, allowing Him to smooth them out.
8, 9, 10 ready or not here we come!