WEDNESDAY 28TH JUNE 2017
TOPIC: WHERE YOU SIT IS HOW YOU STAND (2)
TEXT: Col.3:1-4 “If ye then be risen With Christ. seek those things which are above where Christ sitteth on the right hand Of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid With Christ in God. When Christ, Who is our life shall appear, then shall ye also appear With him in glory….”
Sometimes, we forget what God says about our identity in Him. We get wrapped up in things around us. Our families and jobs require so much of us we can lose ourselves — and turn into people we never thought we’d become. The harsh reality of life exploits and exposes us. So we turn inward and try to protect what little we think remains.
We know there is more to life, but we don’t even have the energy to be curious about it. Then one day we wake up lost and don’t know how to get back to what or who we used to be.
You are not what you do. Your value isn’t decided by a number on the tag or your profession or by your roles: father, mother, brother, sister, friend, etc. Those are gifts you have, traits you exhibit but they don’t define the core of your being. Your identity is simple, clear.
Your identity is purely who God says you are. Beautiful, redeemed, an heir, renamed, royalty, engraved on the hands of Christ, where you will never be forgotten. The things around us can’t define how we stand, when we’re actually seated with God” because: “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. 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 ”
Where we sit determines how we stand. So stand tall in your seats, beloved. Stand true in honor and dignity and kindness and grace.
Wear the truth that was made for you. Toss off the raggedy clothes of mistaken identity and put on the “garments of salvation” and “robe of righteousness” found in Isaiah 61:10, that are yours in Christ Jesus.
MEDITATION: Psalm 139:13-14
Deut. 33&34; Ps. 119:145-176; Isaiah 60; Matthew 8