Hidden With Christ
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Before we were saved by the grace of God, we lived for ourselves. It was self-merit and self-righteousness that brought us what we thought was justifiable. As long as we were good people and as long as we did good things, we were ok. But that was not the truth.
When our eyes were spiritually opened to the things of God, we were changed. As Scripture says, “For you have died.” When we come to Christ we die to our old ways and to our old self. No longer do we live for ourselves but we live for Christ. He is our Lord and Master and we submit to Him in all of our ways. Our actions and words reflect who we belong to. You may be thinking… “But sometimes I say and do things that are not aligned with Christ-likeness.” Just because we are Christians does not mean that we will never sin again. We all sin and come short of God’s glory.
The difference is in the next part of the verse… “and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” What this means is we are justified by the blood of Christ. When we come to Jesus through faith, we die to ourselves. We take up our cross and follow Him. We are born again. We are reborn into the likeness of Christ. When God looks at us He sees the righteousness of Christ and not the righteousness of ourselves. When we believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior we take on a new life and new characteristics. The Holy Spirit comes to our rescue and gives us power to live as Christ would have us to live. In other words we require the Holy Spirit to live holy and acceptable to God. Romans 12:1-2 gives us great insight of how we should live everyday. As we live holy lives we no longer live according to the world but according to the Word of God.
Lord, I submit to you and live today for You. Show me what You want me to do for You today.