How many times do we wonder what we should do? What should our next move be? We face a bewildering, troubling, even scary situation, and we freeze. Anxiety begins to set in, and now what? What if we make a mistake?
I faced this scenario when my first child was born. There I was with a life to take care of. What if I did something that caused him to be in therapy for the next 30 years? What if I messed up and become the worst father in history?
But it doesn’t stop there. At one time, I thought my marriage was over. I remember sobbing all alone wondering, “What now?” Not only will my children join in a huge pool of kids choosing with whom to celebrate Christmas, but where do you even begin to pick up the pieces?
At some point through life's ordeals, I stumbled across Colossians 3:1-4. “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.”
If the outlook is bleak, try the up look! Jesus faced life in every way just as we do, and the writer of Hebrews tells us that He sympathizes with our weaknesses, and that He lives to make intercession for us. Imagine that! Jesus praying for you in your darkest hour. That thought got me through many tear-filled nights.
“For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” What a revelation! We have died to the things of this life, and now, our life, our entire life - the good, the bad, and the indifferent - is now hidden with Christ in God. Paul tells us in Philippians that “For me to live is Christ but to die is gain.”
Everything I am, and everything I hope to be is now in Christ – hidden in Him. He is the source of my life, my hope, and it really does not matter how troubling, scary, or fearful circumstances may be. I am in Him – hidden in Him. Like a big brother or father protecting a small boy from a bully is my life in Christ.
But the next phrase is the clencher. The next six words not only sum everything up, but these words change everything including the perspective on all decision-making and life altering circumstances. Paul says, “When Christ, who is your life …”
Did you catch that? “When Christ, who is your life…” When we apply this truth to our circumstances, no matter how troubling or upsetting, our perspective changes from “God, what should I do with my life?” to “God, what should I do with Your life that is within me?”
It’s no longer my life to live, but His life that He’s living in and through me. So, next time you are tempted to cry yourself to sleep over troubling circumstances, or throw in the towel because life is just too difficult, take these two life-changing steps:
- Try the up look. Focus on the things above – Christ.
- Remind yourself that Christ is your life. You are completely hidden in Him.
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