10: The Full Life
**To kick off our Daniel series, and in preparation for moving into our new home on October 18th, the elders have invited our church family to a 28-day season of prayer and fasting. These daily devotionals correspond with the 28-day Bible reading countdown to the day we celebrate our soft opening.**
"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."
When Paul says that you have been raised with Christ, he is using the pinnacle of salvation truth to imply everything that has led up to the reality of new life in Christ. This would include:
- God’s choice to save you before you knew Him (election)
- The Holy Spirit changing your heart toward God (Regeneration)
- The Holy Spirit empowering you to turn from your sin and place your faith in Jesus (Repentance)
- The penalty of your sin being paid for by Jesus’ death on the cross (Substitutionary Penal Atonement)
- God declaring that you are “right with Him” on account of the righteousness of Christ being credited to you by faith (Justification)
In other words, God did a LOT to give you new life, and every aspect of his gracious, glorious, redeeming work that accomplished your salvation is implied when Paul says that you have been raised with Christ. So, don’t miss the “since then” at the beginning of this sentence. Paul is saying, “Since God has been so gracious to you...set your minds and hearts on Him and His ways. Be about His Kingdom, not your kingdom.”
Friends, God’s grace is not only big enough to save you from your sin in the eternal sense, it’s powerful enough to give you victory over the very sin you are struggling with today. And I think this is the area of Christian identity where we need to pray for stronger faith. We are often tempted to reduce the gospel to our “get out of Hell free card” and in doing so, we miss out on the full life that Jesus said He came to give. The resurrection power of Jesus Christ is available to you right now through the Holy Spirit, and with that resurrection power you CAN kill your sin.
So what’s holding you back? Fear? Apathy? Love of self?
That’s the old self-talking, and according to Paul, your old self is dead. So let it stay dead. Stop digging up the grave of your sin. You have a new life to get to full of power and purpose. By the way, there’s NOTHING TO FEAR, because your new life is hidden with Christ. In other words...He’s got you covered. Take some time to compare and contrast the sin of the old self (vs. 5-9) with the fruit of your new life in Christ (vs. 12-17). What sin do you need to kill today? What fruit of the Spirit do you need to practice today?
It’s a good day to abandon the old life in exchange for the full life by having your whole life hidden in Christ. -Pastor Kyle McMullen