Colossians 3:3 Where Is Your Life Today?

For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3

Some people love to live a life that is isolated from others. They choose to live deep in the woods or some other remote location to stay away from other people. Others will choose to have their home among people, but refuse to go out an be among them, staying isolated in their own home.

Most people, however, love to be among other people. In fact they want to blend in so well, that they will live as the others do in order to fit in.

Paul reminds the people that they had died, when the became believers, and are now living a life that is hidden in Christ.

Believers are to be set a part and different from the rest of the world. They are to live by a standard that the world cannot know or understand. This is to be done while physically living among the world and in this world.

At the point in time when a person chooses to follow Jesus, he is to die to his old self and sins. He is to become someone completely new and different. At this point, his life becomes hidden in Christ Jesus.

All of his thoughts and actions are to become those of Jesus, not his own or those of the world.

In the church there are some who have chosen to believe in Jesus, but have not chosen to die to the old self. They hold on to sin and keep on sinning on purpose, refusing to change.

Choosing not to sin and live in Christ has to be a conscious choice. It is one that a person must do daily, dying to self and sin. He has to choose to remain hidden in Christ, not this world.

When you chose to begin believing in Jesus, your life was to be changed. You are to no longer live as the world lives. You are to no longer blend in with the world, but to be separate and set a part.

Allow your old self to die to the world and sin and become hidden in Jesus. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide and control your every thought and action.

When people see you they should be able to see Jesus, because that is who you are hidden in. Is your life hidden in Jesus today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will help you to die to sin and this world; that you will live to please God above all; that you will be separate unto God from this world; and that the world will see Jesus in you.

2 Corinthians 4:2 Be An Open Book

Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 2 Corinthians 4:2

While some people openly do corrupt and sinful actions, most people like to have their faults hidden as the refuse to get rid of the faults and reconcile them. They do everything they can to cover up any faults or shameful ways in their lives, wanting to look good to everyone else.

Paul tells the people that he has renounced all shameful ways and deception. He opens himself up to the people to see who he really is as he only speaks God’s truth.

Just as it is in the world with covering up bad thoughts and actions, many in the church do the same thing. Many walk around as though they are perfect and everyone else a failure, while refusing to change certain sinful actions.

While a believer will always have some faults, he must continually strive to overcome them, not just accept them and cover them up to look good. Acting like this is deception and a lie. It is not showing the true words of God.

To fully follow Jesus, one must be willing to renounce all secret and shameful ways–sin. These are not just the outward actions everyone can see, but also the inner thoughts that are secret and no one can see.

The believer must be living his life in such a way that he is willing to allow others to look at his life, as a open book, and see if there is anything wicked in it. Just as David asked God to examine his life to see if there is any wickedness, the believer can seek God and others to examine his life.

If there are any thoughts or actions that you know you have that are secret and shameful sins, you need to repent before God and renounce them. Begin today to live your life completely sold out to God.

Allow God and others to see the true inner you and then be willing to change to be more like Christ every day. Be an open book to others and to God, so that God can make you into a new creation that does not need to be ashamed of anything in your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to see your inner heart; that you will live so much for God, that others can see it; and that you will repent before God and man of all secret and shameful sins in your life.

Matthew 5:14 Light Of The World

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14

Light is something that shines in the darkness. The purpose for having light is to show or reveal things or a path. It helps to prevent stumbling that can occur in the dark. It can also make something stand out as important or of value.

While most places like to be well lit, there are many places that remain poorly lit on purpose. In these places the world wants it kept secret what is going on or they want to ignore what is happening.

Jesus told the people that they are the light of the world, like a city on a hill that cannot be hidden.

There are many believers who believe that their belief is a private personal thing. They keep it to themselves. A wall is created between their life with God and their life in this world. The knowledge of who Jesus is kept to themselves, keeping the world in the dark.

Living like this is not what Jesus wanted or expected. He wants believers to be the light of the world. Every believer is to be a shining, bright beacon of light in this dark world, revealing Jesus and God’s word.

The world may not like the light because it reveals sin and the dark heart, but it is what can also reveal God’s great love and mercy. Light brings life to this world and each believer has the light of eternal life, not just temporary pleasures.

Believers should be living their life in such a way that no one cannot not know that they are a believer, because of the great light that they are shining. This light is shining bright to show the path to God and true life for eternity.

You have an opportunity every day to reveal who God is in your life. Do not allow yourself to keep Jesus hidden in secret behind closed doors of your heart and mind. Let Jesus shine in everything that you say and do. Do not let there be any doubt in anyone’s mind that you are a follower of Jesus.

As you shine Jesus, many will come to know Jesus. Darkness and sin will have to flee, both in your life and in the lives of others. God’s kingdom will be built up as you are a light in this world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will shine Jesus in this world; that you will allow God’s light and life to shine brightly through you; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to others.