hidden in Christ

i am writing this, a bit in awe of the passing of these days. i think of the great fathers of the Hebrews who asked God to “teach them how to number their days.” i think of the great fleeting and temporary nature of life. we have so few days and they are often filled with labor and toil.

it is in the light of this that i find great hope in Paul’s letter to the Colossians. he says, “for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” basically, when we receive Christ and the old self dies, our lives are being hidden with Christ in God. we are waiting for the coming of our Lord. so in this respect, regardless of the length of our days, we are living to see and experience the glory of God!

Paul also says that, “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Paul further states that, “to live is Christ and to die is gain.” and “[that] Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.”

Paul had understanding on his days, on their brevity. he toiled and strove to present the Gospel. he gave his days freely to Christ, for it is Christ in us that is the hope of glory. Paul knew that the race had a finish line and he ran as hard as he could, he ran to win.

so in this life of business, toil, and labor; even as the days disappear faster than fog on a hot summer morning, i will hope in the Lord. for my life is not my own, even it was death and is death apart from Christ. even in Christ, my life has died as i wait for his glorious return. therefore, may i have sufficient courage and be unashamed of the Gospel and the work Christ has laid before me. may i strive with the strength of Christ and walk in the fullness of the relationship with him that the Holy Spirit brings. may i always put my hope in Christ and grow in him, from one degree of glory to the next.