Heaven Week: Hidden Life

“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.” (Colossians 3:3-4)

Too many of us Christians carry around a silly and shallow idea of who we are on any given day. If forced to check a box, we put an “x” by “Christian” or “Evangelical” or something. We see ourselves as part of a demographic. Those people are Muslims. That group is Jewish. I’m a Christian, because that’s the group I signed up with.

stones_350God sees those who are “in Christ” as far more than just the people in the “right” churches on Sunday morning. At the moment you stepped into relationship with God through faith in Jesus, Paul reminds us here, your life – your journey to save yourself, your identity as your own person – died. It ended. It’s over. You are his. You are a Christ-one.

Your real life – the eternal, meaningful, unimaginable one beyond anything you could know to hope for – waits with Jesus to burst into the glorious technicolor now when Christ appears. Then you’ll find yourself in utter joy and with zero regrets standing right next to him. All will be exactly as it should be. What will that be like?

Think: What will that be like?

Pray: Ask God to make you hungrier for heaven.

Do: Write a short list of things you’re looking forward to about heaven – things the Bible tells you to expect there.