Paul is explaining the concept of our life being submitted to Christ in this passage. When we receive Christ we are taking on the nature of the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God is at war with our earthly nature so the only way He can live in us is for us to subdue our earthly nature.
We have proven many times over that we do not have the ability to subdue our earthly nature – so what is the answer? It is this: our life must be hidden with Christ in God. When our minds are set on things above, and our focus is on our life in Christ, then the desires of our sinful nature are “put to death,” as Paul states it.
He is telling us how to do that. “Set your hearts on things above” and “Set your minds on things above,” is the secret. As long as we are feeding the desires of our earthly nature we will be struggling with our faith walk. When we set our mind and heart upon Christ and things of eternal value then we become “hidden with Christ in God.”
Make it a purpose today that you will submit your life to Christ, take control of your mind and heart, put to death the desires of the flesh and focus upon Holy Spirit and what he would have you to be.
Prayer: Lord, I am too easily distracted by the desires of my earthly nature. Grant me the ability to set my heart and my mind upon you and your way so that I will be hidden in Christ. In Christ’s name. Amen.
Message: When we set our mind and heart upon Christ and things of eternal value then we become “hidden with Christ in God.” As long as we are feeding the desires of our earthly nature we will be struggling with our faith walk.
Affirmation: I have chosen to set my heart and mind on things above and as I do that my life becomes hidden with Christ in God.
Reflection: We are instructed to set our heart and mind on things above - How are we to do that? A part of that process is to "put to death whatever belongs to your earthly nature." Give some thought to how you can do that.
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