Archive for May, 2012

“The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.”

– Luke 8:14 NIV

The reality of life is the longer I live in this world, the more my mind adopts the way the world operates and I then strive to operate in the world in a way that allows me to benefit from being in this world. That would be logical. To begin to think about how to spend my life, for Christ’s sake, on behalf of others so I may store up for myself treasure in heaven is a spiritual concept and would be considered illogical, because that’s not how the world operates. That is, however, the lifestyle required of those who have inherited eternal life through faith in Christ. So, from the moment I receive Christ, my heart, mind and soul are at odds over how to spend my remaining days on earth. Will I continue to live life from a worldly perspective seeking to amass, attain and achieve, or shall I begin to serve, demonstrating self-discipline and self-sacrifice, with the understanding that there is a greater reward learning to live a balanced life focused on heaven’s perspective. Enjoying the life God has given me, making use of the abilities, gifts and talents He has blessed me to use to make a good life for myself, but bless and benefit others along the way, I will learn to mature in my faith walk and not be choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures.

Jesus was challenging the rich young ruler to adopt heaven’s perspective in seeking to inherit eternal life and begin to consider how he could use his wealth to bless and benefit others, but because he had great wealth, he walked away sad not seeing Jesus for who he is because his treasure was in his wealth and not sincerely in seeking to understand how to inherit eternal life. His self-sufficiency blinded him from seeing the sufficiency of God’s love that would cover his transgressions and redeem him from the penalty of sin and save him from death. In all the rich young ruler could do with his wealth, his wealth would never be able to do that for him. This is why Jesus told His disciples in John 15, ‘Apart from me you can do nothing.’ We cannot do anything God requires in order to experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have. If we could, what then, would be the need for Christ?

Misfortune, loss and grief, along with our internal desires for riches and pleasure wrestle against the righteous ambitions within us to live out the life we have been called to Christ to experience by faith. Just as we strive, with determination, to succeed and achieve, from a worldly perspective, God challenges us, through His word and the prompting of His Holy Spirit, to invest ourselves in the advancement of His kingdom to make the world around us a better place and store up for ourselves treasure in heaven. The true goal of the Christian is to learn to live a balanced life that strives to make use of what God has gifted me to succeed and achieve in life, while looking to consistently bless and benefit others around me God brings me into contact with. Jesus mentioned those who were hungry, thirsty, without clothing, sick and in prison. Who among us and around us could benefit from hearing me share how God is helping me to experience the fullness of life Christ came for me to have? Is there a family member God can use me to lead to Christ? In the book of Acts, Peter said to a man who was crippled, ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but that which I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ rise, take up your mat and walk.’ I may not have wealth, but how consistently am I sharing the wealth and power of the name of Jesus Christ and the truth of scripture with others to affect positive change?

May God bless you and help you to become balanced in your faith walk with Christ in a way that allows you to succeed and achieve and become a person who matures in the faith becoming fruitful to bless and benefit others and experience the fullness of life Christ came for you to have.

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“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me…. whatever you did not do for the least of these, you did not do for me.’

– Matthew 25:41-43, 45b

In the parable of the sower (Matthew 13, Mark 4 and Luke 8), Jesus mentions that the seed that fell among thorns represented the person who receives the word, but does not mature and becomes unfruitful because of the worries of life, the deceitfulness of riches and pleasures. This is a person who has accepted and receives the message of Jesus Christ, but their mindset is still operating from the perspective of the way the world operates. Their mission, ambition and aspirations are centered around how they can please themselves, benefit themselves and use the abilities, gifts and talents they have been blessed by God to use for His glory to serve themselves. Though they have received the treasure of the kingdom of God, through faith in Christ,  they have not made the deliberate investment and daily sacrifice required to experience the hidden spiritual life Christ came for them to have. Jesus requires us to take up our cross daily, to make an intentional decision daily, to live in a way that requires personal sacrifice and a faith investment in living in a manner that reflects the person of Jesus Christ.

A person who matures and becomes fruitful learns to model and reflect the person of Jesus Christ daily in how they live, conduct themselves and interact with others that leads others to Christ and draws those who already believe closer to God. A person who has faith in Christ operates from the perspective of heaven, because the Bible teaches that those who believe have the mind of Christ. “‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.’ – John 4:34 NIV Jesus was fueled by the internal spiritual drive to fulfill the will of God and live for the glory of God the Father. His treasure was hidden in allowing the kingdom of God to advance in and through Him to change the world around Him. Jesus invested His life in establishing the kingdom of God in the earth leaving the imprint of God’s person, presence and power wherever He went affecting positive change in the lives of many He touched, changed and transformed.

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20 NIV The One whose treasure was in fulfilling the will of God now lives in all who believe to help us live, experience the hidden spiritual life and invest ourselves in the advancement of God’s kingdom in the earth to store up for ourselves treasure in heaven. God is challenging the Christian to live a balanced lifestyle that strives to better themselves while also striving to invest in building up and blessing others also. When God spoke to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3, God told Abraham He would bless Abraham, but He also told Abraham that he would be a blessing to others and the world would be blessed because of him. The book of Galatians teaches that we are heirs of the promise of Abraham, so God has blessed us, in Christ, to be a blessing to others and store up for ourselves treasure in heaven. The person who becomes unfruitful and does not mature, according to the parable of the sower, is the person who does not mature in faith to learn to become crucified with Christ and live in a manner worthy of the gospel that becomes a blessing to others.

May God bless you and help you to allow Christ to live in you and through you in a way that allows you to invest yourself in the advancement of the kingdom of God in the earth to bless others, make the world around you better, store up for yourself treasure in heaven and experience the fullness of life Christ came for you to have.

“For no one can lay a foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.”

1 Corinthians 3:12-15 NIV

I believe the conversation the rich young ruler had with Jesus provides us the opportunity to give serious and sincere consideration to the way we are looking at success and achievement in the world compared to success from the perspective of heaven. The conversation between Jesus and the rich young ruler challenges me to think about whether my goals and ambitions are solely focused on what I can achieve in this world and whether I give serious consideration to what my eternal life will be like when I leave this world. At the beginning of His earthly ministry, Jesus preached about storing up treasure in heaven and that message was reiterated during the Apostle Paul’s ministry in his epistle in the New Testament book of Colossians regarding setting your heart and minds on heavenly things.

In Matthew’s gospel, while Jesus addressed the topic of investing in eternal life by storing up treasure in heaven, He admonishes the crowd about the subject of serving two masters, God and money, and not being able to do both. Will my life be about serving God, living to please Him, or will my life be devoted to seeking to get rich and pleasing myself? During the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry, He preached about, told parables and came into contact with people who had great wealth. Careful inspection of those encounters should challenge us to consider whether we are consistently seeking to invest ourselves in the things of heaven and eternal life, or is our focus prioritized about the treasure we can accumulate while we are on earth.

Consider the parable of the hidden treasure and consider what the Spirit of God is communicating to you about how you can live a balanced life that strives to invest in the heavenly, eternal things of God while you seek to succeed and achieve. In Matthew’s gospel (Matthew 13:44), Jesus tells the parable of a man who found a treasure hidden in a field. The bible says that when he found it he hid it again, and with joy, he went and sold all he had and bought the field. The man could have easily kept the treasure, but he hid it and then went and sold all he had and bought the field. My first thought, then, is that the man valued the treasure more than anything he currently possessed. So much so, he sold all he had and purchased the field the treasure was discovered in. The man felt the life he would have with the treasure and the field was more valuable to him, now, than the life he had prior to discovering the treasure. So much so, he invested his wealth (current life) in the field (future life). Jesus taught in the parable of the hidden treasure that the kingdom of God is like that hidden treasure. God is challenging those who claim faith in Christ to make a personal investment in the heavenly things, involving the kingdom of God, as we strive to invest in developing for ourselves a good life on earth.

The reality of living in this world and striving to achieve, succeed and attain wealth can cause us to become shortsighted and lose focus on the heavenly perspective. This is why the Bible challenges us to set our hearts and minds on eternal things. We have to become deliberate and intentional about investing ourselves in the kingdom of God as the man did with the hidden treasure. So significant was this principle of kingdom living, Jesus taught parables regarding the benefit and consequence of living or ignoring the principle of investing in the kingdom of God.The King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me….whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ – Matthew 25:34-36

“But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” – Luke 6:49 NIV

May God bless you and help you to live a balanced life with an intentional focus on investing yourself in the kingdom of God so you may have treasure in heaven and experience the fullness of life Christ came for you to have.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

– John 15:5 NIV

The significance of the conversation between the rich young ruler and Jesus is the young man’s misconception about how to inherit eternal life. Believing he could merit eternal life by the merit of his own goodness, or through the merit of good deeds (What must I do to inherit eternal life?). He was deceived by his own self-righteousness that he did not lack anything necessary to attain eternal life. This may be probably because his personal success and wealth allowed him to acquire anything, to this point in his life, his heart desired. He walked away sad from his conversation with Jesus, because the way he thought about attaining eternal life clouded him from seeing Jesus Christ as the source of eternal salvation, as others saw Him. The thief on the cross who hung next to Jesus, as they each were being crucified, entered Paradise because he could see Jesus. The rich young man walked away sad because he could not. The rich young ruler’s mind and heart were clouded by his own self-worth, significance and status that prevented him from seeing his need for Jesus. He was only thinking about what he could get, so Jesus challenged him to think about what he would need to give in order to receive what he sought to acquire.

Eternal life is not just about an eternal resting place. Eternal life begins with salvation, but expands exponentially beyond what we gain through inheriting eternal life to what we will be required to give in exchange for what Christ came for us to have. “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10b NIV In the beginning, in the book of Genesis (See Genesis 1:26-28), God ordained that we would reflect His image and likeness in the earth and be fruitful. In the gospel of John, we see Jesus explaining to His disciples the expectation of what God ordained in the beginning regarding the principle of being fruitful. Apart from Him, He added, they cannot do what He required. Some would think that being fruitful would mean to be productive in work, successful in what one puts their hands to do. This could be one interpretation and, by that standard, there would be scripture references that would clearly support that. Keeping everything in context with what God declared in Genesis 1:26-28 regarding reflecting His image and bearing His likeness in the earth, in being fruitful, that Jesus said apart from Him could not be achieved; I invite you to consider what the Apostle Paul discussed in the new testament book of Galatians regarding the fruit of the Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” – Galatians 5:22-25 NIV

Apart from the person of Jesus living inside of me to produce the fruit of His character, where can I go to get love sufficient to love my enemies? For those who would boast in their capacity to love, Jesus challenged us to consider what sacrifice is made in loving those who love you. The hidden life, eternal life, is a spiritual life produced by the Holy Spirit living inside of me as I strive to live according to God’s word. This is why Jesus said to His disciples, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5b NIV Apart from Jesus Christ we cannot be fruitful to display the image and likeness of God in the earth the way He intended in the beginning. If we could, what would be the need for Jesus Christ? This is significant, because the rich young ruler walked away sad when Jesus challenged him, using his wealth to help him see where his treasure was, by requiring a personal sacrifice. A man named Zacchaeus was willing to do what Jesus required of the rich young ruler, up to half of his wealth, and the bible says that Jesus declared salvation came to Zacchaeus that same day. Yet, the rich young man walked away sad.

Beyond salvation, Jesus is looking to see who will be willing to make the personal sacrifices required in order to be fruitful allowing the person, presence and power of Christ to manifest in them and through them to display the image and likeness of God and make the world around them a better place. “And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” – Isaiah 58:10 NIV This is what Jesus was conveying to the rich young man on the subject of eternal life, but because of his great wealth, the young man walked away sad because he could not see beyond himself. But Jesus was only challenging him to follow His example. Apart from Him we cannot do what God requires to experience the hidden life with Christ in God. Beyond salvation, God is challenging us to spend ourselves to display His likeness and image in the earth and make the world around us better and if we do this we will have treasure in heaven.

May God bless you and help you to become fruitful in displaying His image and likeness in the earth and making consistent positive contributions to the lives of others to make the world around you a better place and experience the fullness of life Christ came for you to have.

“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.”

– Colossians 3:1b-2 NIV

The practical application of this spiritual principle conveyed by the Apostle Paul in the book of Colossians would be to think about life from heaven’s perspective, or to give consideration to the way God would want me to live over the way the world’s way. Simply, think about God’s will (set your mind) and desire to do it (set your heart). The Apostle Paul communicates this biblical principle for experiencing the hidden life with Christ in God this way in the book of Ephesians, “Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” – Ephesians 5:15-17 NIV

It is not God’s desire that the Christian wander through life aimlessly, without purpose, a sense of mission and vision for the future and how to operate in this world in a way that allows us to impact this world for God in a way that makes things better. We are not designed by our Creator, as children of God, to be insignificant, inferior, impotent, or ineffective in living with purpose, power and the ability to be productive. In fact, in the beginning, God created us and commanded us to be fruitful and rule over the earth in His image and likeness (See Genesis 1:26-27). The hidden life with Christ in God affords us the privileged opportunity to experience a fullness of life that cannot be achieved apart from God. The hidden life with Christ in God elevates our minds, lifts our hearts, inspires us and empowers us to transcend the boundaries, limitations and forces of this world to accomplish great things and encounter our Creator in ways we would not have known apart from our knowledge of Him revealed in His word by His Spirit living on the inside of those who believe.

In the book of Ephesians, as well as the book of Colossians, the Apostle Paul outlines the necessary actions needed in order to begin the process of encountering the hidden life with Christ in God. “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” – Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” – Colossians 3:9-10 NIV To put off connotes an intentional act of seeking to change from what used to be into something new. It is a deliberate action intent on progressing from what used to be (former way of life) towards something better (new self). Also recognize the process of being renewed in knowledge, or being made new in the attitude of the mind. This can only come through deliberate invested energy devoted to the reading, reflection and application of the word of God. The hidden life manifests first in the heart and mind as I surrender my will to God’s through His word. By doing this, I allow the Spirit of God to equip, enable and empower me to live out the hidden life with Christ in God. This is how I experience being transformed to look like Him in true righteousness and holiness and walk in the fulfillment of being created in His image and likeness.

The rich young ruler did not realize that inheriting eternal life is not just about securing a reservation in heaven as a final resting place like one would invest in a cemetery plot before they breathe their last. Before we get to heaven, it is God’s desire that we discover the hidden life with Christ in God that will make others around us thirst and hunger for what they see God accomplishing in and through us. The rich young ruler did not consider the change inheriting eternal life would bring about in his life, beginning first with the way he thought about life, who Jesus is and what that would require of him to acquire what he sought after. What must I do to inherit eternal life?

“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” – John 17:3 NIV Eternal life begins the moment I recognize God for who He is and His Son He sent. I don’t have to wait until I get to heaven to experience eternal life! The moment I believe Jesus is LORD, the Son of God raised from the dead for the penalty of my sins, I inherit eternal life. The rich young ruler could not see Jesus for who He is. Inheriting eternal life begins with a change in the way I think and what I believe in my heart. Experiencing the hidden life with Christ in God, which is eternal life, is the continued growth and development in the revelation of God, through faith in Christ, manifested in how I live daily and how I spend my life, invested in God’s will to make the world around me a better place. This is how I will have treasure in heaven. Jesus explained to the rich young ruler that if he spent his life on behalf of those around him who could benefit from his prosperity he would have treasure in heaven and then He invited the young man to follow Him. This is what Jesus did for us and what He requires of those who believe.

May God bless you and help you to discover the hidden life with Christ in Him and reveal to you how to set your heart and mind on things above, by the inspiration of His word and His Spirit, to experience the fullness of life Christ came for you to have.

“But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

– Matthew 7:13b NIV

The Bible’s account in Matthew’s, Mark’s and Luke’s gospel of the rich young ruler who came to Jesus seeking to understand what it would take to inherit eternal life reveals that he walked away sad, feeling disappointed, because the bible said that he had great wealth. From a worldly perspective, the rich young man was doing fine for himself. From a heavenly perspective, Jesus said that he still lacked something. The rich young man walked away sad realizing he would not be able to do anything, within his own power, to inherit eternal life. His own merit of goodness, along with good intentions, would not be sufficient to acquire what God freely gives to those who believe with their hearts and confess with their mouths that Jesus is the Son of God and was raised from the dead after dying for our sins on the cross.

In fact, the rich young man discovered through his discourse with Jesus, that the spiritual life he was inquiring about would cost him something. He discovered that the price of perfection, the life of Jesus Christ, would cost him his life. Jesus told him to go and sell all he had, then give it to the poor and he would have treasure in heaven; then, come, and follow me. Inheriting eternal life requires me to give up the life I knew (personal sacrifice) to receive the hidden life with Christ in God (salvation).  Too often, we miss the part and the point of the treasure in heaven Jesus mentioned to the rich young ruler, because our brief time in this world is spent in trying to attain, amass and achieve while we are here forgetting about the time we’ll spend in eternity with Jesus. What the young man was seeking, he did not realize was more than what he could imagine it to be and what it would cost to acquire it. What must I do to inherit eternal life?

In Matthew 7:13 we see that the hidden life with Christ in God is not easily accessible or available to everyone, only because everyone is not seeking to discover the spiritual life, through faith in Christ, God desires for us to encounter. In fact, Jesus says that only a few find it. Wide is the gate and broad is the path that leads to destruction that many travel, which I am learning includes Christians too, but there is another path, that few find, that leads to life. There is only one path to God, through faith in Christ, but even after salvation a Christian can find themselves on the broad path that leads to destruction when they are still operating in the world according to the way the world operates.

During His sermon on the mount, in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus explains that the spiritual lifestyle begins by seeking first God’s kingdom and His righteousness. The rich young ruler was deceived, by his own self-righteousness and wealth, that he did not lack anything that would merit inheriting eternal life. According to scripture, our righteousness is as filthy rags before God, so to seek the righteousness of God is to accept that I am not sufficient in myself, in light of God, to justify myself as righteous. To seek God’s righteousness is to acknowledge my need for Him in recognition of what Christ accomplished on the cross. To seek His kingdom is to prioritize the word of God and the will of God as the motivation for how I will seek to live. As the Apostle Peter describes in his epistle, 1 Peter 3:15, I will set apart Christ as LORD in my heart. If He is LORD, then I will strive to do what He says in His word.

The hidden life is the manifestation of the word of God and the will of God in my actions and the way I seek to live daily in how I operate in the world around me. The hidden life is the person, power and presence of God working in me and through me, by His Spirit, to help me grow in the image and likeness of Christ in a way that makes me a better person and the world around me a better place. Salvation is only the beginning of being positioned to experience the fullness of life Christ came for me to have. Jesus came that we may have life (salvation) and have it abundantly (continual exponential encounter of the spiritual life), or to the full.

Beyond salvation, God wants me to encounter His glory while I am in this world and does not want me to wait until I get to heaven to experience His splendor and His majesty and the greatness of His holiness. Surely God intends for me to experience more than just having Him on the inside of me that occurs  in the initial work of salvation when I believe and confess Christ as LORD. The ‘more’ He intends for me to encounter, the hidden life with Christ in Him, begins when I seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. When I sincerely invest time with His word, prayer and desire to live according to His will.

May God bless you and help you to discover the hidden life with Christ in Him by prompting you to invest quality time with His word, prayer and the desire to do His will to experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”

– Colossians 3:2-3 NIV

The longer we live in this world we can conform to the way the world operates. Our goals and ambitions for success, fulfillment and achievement can become greatly influenced solely by the way the world measures success and the status, standards and stature we can strive to assimilate into the culture of the world around us can blind us to the success and fulfillment God desires for us according to His will for us in His word.

The Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes addresses this, regarding life as vanity and a chasing after the wind. The conclusion of the book of Ecclesiastes, in the twelfth chapter,  inspired by the wisdom of its author, King Solomon, was that we needed to fear God and keep His commandments.  What I take from Solomon’s conclusion is that a life spent invested in attaining and achieving and amassing, apart from the purpose of God, in the end, will be unfulfilling. There is an eternal consequence also that we fail to consider when our hearts and minds are not fully invested in the consistent reading, meditation and application of scripture.

When Jesus spoke to the rich young ruler about inheriting eternal life, He mentioned in response to the young man’s inquiry that if the young man made the sacrifice of his wealth to benefit the poor, he would receive a great treasure in heaven. How often do I consider whether what I am doing currently, in how I live and what I do with my time, is storing up for me great treasure in heaven? When you read the opening of the third chapter of the book of Colossians, verses 1-3 prompt us to consider where our focus for life should truly be while we live in this world as Christians.

What does it mean to set your mind on things above? The bible is challenging me to think about life from heaven’s perspective and not to be conformed to the way the world operates. The Bible provides me the outline (heaven’s perspective) for how I should seek to govern my life in accordance with God’s will for me as a child of God through faith in Christ. When it comes to family, relationships, money, conflict resolution, problem solving, raising children, Christian conduct, work ethic, how to live a spiritual life, the Bible encourages me to understand what God’s will is for me regarding these matters of life. The Bible teaches us in 2 Peter 1 that everything that we need for life and godliness comes through our knowledge of God. Our knowledge of God begins with spending time in His word.

What does it mean that I died and my life is now hidden with Christ in God? Accepting and acknowledging what Christ accomplished on the cross should prompt me to strive daily to die to the natural desires and inclinations I had before I received Christ into my heart. By doing so, I am now dead to the way I used to conform to the way the world operates. Through the prompting of God’s word and His Spirit at work in me and through me, I grow in my desire to live the way God intended me to, dying daily to the desire to do it my way. The way I think things should be done and the way I think and feel the way things should go dies as I grow in my desire to allow God’s will for my life to take precedence and preeminence in my life. In fact, my life is now no longer mine, but God’s. My new life, through faith in Christ, is hidden with Christ in God. I see this as a life that needs to be discovered and the way in which I do this is by seeking God to reveal and unveil before me the life He has for me in Christ.

A lot of what God requires of me to live a spiritual life and experience the fullness of life Christ came for me to have cannot be accomplished without Him, because that life is in Him. That life is in Him, but through faith in Christ, He is now in me. The spiritual life he requires of me, that is in Him, must be allowed to be expressed in and through me in order to be encountered. Apart from Him, I cannot achieve the life He reveals in his word. A spiritual life requires a spiritual source. God is the spiritual source that provides me the ability to live and experience the spiritual life. That spiritual life is hid with Christ in God. “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your minds on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” – Colossians 3:1 NIV

May God bless you and help you to discover the hidden life with Christ in Him to allow you to experience the fullness of life Christ came for you to have.