DAILY DEVOTIONALS BY PASTOR BILL MUIR
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|Hidden With Christ|
“For you have died,
and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
You are not seeking this death. That’s behind you. You are not seeking this resurrection. That’s behind you. You have died. You are raised. That’s the basis of your seeking, not the object of your seeking. This is the very essence of Christian effort. We seek, and crave, and pursue the realities that are above because we are above.
As a believer in Christ, your death is behind you. It has already happened. And your life is not what the world thinks it is. Every true believer in Christ have passed from death to life (1 John 3:14). Your most terrible experience of death is behind you. And your most glorious experience of life awaits you.
Getting a hold of this reality, and being held by it, is utterly crucial for survival as a Christian — and all the more so if you want your ministry towards others to thrive. Two great glories — past and future, bracket and hold up all the pain, and frustrations, and ambiguities, and uncertainties of this life. Behind us, is the glory that our death is past. The worst is over. It happened on Good Friday. Above us, and before us, is the glory that our life is absolutely secure with Christ in God, and will someday be manifested in glory.
But, in-between, where we live, is profound hiddenness. Colossians 3:3: “Your life is hidden.” The glory is hidden. Your death with Christ is hidden. Your resurrection is hidden. To be sure, faith has its own kind of seeing (2 Corinthians 4:4), but it doesn’t change our present “hiddenness”. The true you — your true life, will be so much more glorious than your present life; so much that you will say, “This life, in this world, was scarcely life at all compared to my life that was hidden for me in God.” For now, this glorious life is hidden. We walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Oh, that God would grant us to realize
that what we can’t see
is more glorious than all we can.
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