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Raised and Ascended with Christ
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Jesus said: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Luke 12:34). There’s a saying that states: “don’t be so heavenly minded that you are of no earthly good.” While there are those who consider that sound advice, it doesn’t seem to line up with today’s verses.
He wrote: “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above.” What will have a greater effect on us? Is it an earthly, temporal perspective, or a heavenly and eternal one? We are commanded to “seek the things that are above, where Christ is.” If He’s our treasure, will our heart not also be there? Are we occupied with the things of this world—temporal thing—or with Him?
When Jesus ascended to the Father, presenting His finished work to Him, He sat down “at the right hand of God.” That indicates that the Father has accepted His saving work. He gave Him His rightful place—one of absolute supremacy, having “all authority in heaven and on earth” (Matt. 28:18). His victory over death and our salvation are inherently one.
Paul then restated that we should set our “minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Could it be that we’re no earthly good unless we’re heavenly minded? How can we truly proclaim eternal, heavenly truths if we’re occupied with the things of this earth? Isn’t a deep realization of the brevity of life considered wisdom (see Ps. 90:12)? Paul not only restated this truth, he also gave the reason: “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
When Jesus ascended to the Father, we ascended with Him. We’re such a part of Christ—His body—that we’re one. That’s not just a mystical philosophy, it’s an actual reality. He is our life! Unless we truly identify ourselves with Him, we’re missing out on an infinitely deep-rooted security. We’re fully secure in Him. We’ve been raised “with Christ” and we’re now hidden “with Christ.” That’s an inseparable union.
The Devotional Writer