the ultimate victor
Let’s break this down. “If you have been raised up with Christ” means that just as Jesus laid himself down for humanity and God resurrected him on the third day, we have laid ourselves down and been resurrected in our new life as Jesus followers (cross reference Romans 6:3-4 if you’re into that). “Keep seeking the things above” means that we get to look past the things that remind us that we are human – sin, brokenness, greediness, apathy, etc - and look to better things. “Set your mind on the things above” means that we get to live out hope, joy, peace, and righteousness. “For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ” means that Jesus is our defender, whom literally beat death. He’s the ultimate Victor.
God sees our heaviness
Some days it feels like the weight of the world is riding on your shoulders. Some days feel like you’re carrying the biggest burden of all time. You have to make an A on your test to keep HOPE and/or Zell. You have to call your mom because she left you a voicemail saying she misses you (which yes, you do need to call her back). Your roommate ate your last Easy Mac and you’re hungry but also too lazy to walk to Bolton.
But this portion of scripture tells us that essentially we are seated at the right hand of God – meaning He sees our heaviness, He sees our weariness, He knows what we are feeling right when we are feeling it. I know that I get caught up in trying to figure out how to have the nicest car, the biggest house, the trendiest wardrobe, but the Author is telling us in this passage that none of that means anything, which if you’re anything like me takes the pressure off (thank God, literally).
Heaven and the world counter each other…as we grow in affection to Heaven, we lose affection for the world and vice versa. These verses are telling us that not only should we seek things from above, but they are also telling us that when do seek Heavenly things and when Jesus returns in His glory for us, we will be revealed with Him in His glory for all the world to see. And I think in that moment we will feel like a gold-metal Olympian. #winning
God, we thank you that you are a God who lets us sit at your right hand, that you are a God who restores hope, and joy, and peace. Lord, I ask that you would reveal to us the places where we have been seeking things of this earth, where we have lost focus, and I ask that You would show us the heavenly thing we can replace those earthly things with. We say we want to love You more, we want to be a people wanting for Your return to be lifted up in Your Glory with You.