“Set your sights on the realities of heaven…For you have died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1,3, NLT).
Every once in a while we need to stop and remind ourselves that the life that we live in this world is not our real life. It’s a virtual reality and eternal life is the real reality. That’s why Paul admonishes us to “think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth” in verse 2.
Then, does all that I’m going through in this life mean anything? Certainly, your life on this earth means everything to God!
If you have set your sights on God’s reality and you are united with Christ, then everything you are going through in this life takes on greater significance.
God gives it meaning; it counts for eternity! God is storing your life on this earth and saving it up for your eternal life.
You might even say that this present life is a preparation for your eternal life. When your life on this earth ends, it is the beginning of your real life–eternal life.
Now, if you think that all this talk about “real life” sounds arcane and mysterious, it’s really not. In fact, it makes perfect sense.
If you have died to your sinful life through trusting Christ as your Savior, then it’s only reasonable that you have been raised to new life in Him because He has been resurrected to eternal life.
And not only has He been resurrected, but He sits at God’s right hand where He is saving up your life for eternal life with Him. “
And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory” (Colossians 3:4, NLT).
- Christology For Dummies – Colossians 1:15-20 (stevesbiblemeditations.com)