“If…then…” from the apostle Paul

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“So, if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is…” That’s Colossians 3:1 in the CSB. What a statement! “Since you’ve been raised with Christ” recalls Romans 6:3-4: “Or are you unaware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore, we were buried with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in newness of life.” When you’re baptized, or immersed, into Christ, you’re raised to a new life. So, what should you do then – from then on?! Seek, or pursue, things above. When you’re in Christ, you are to chase after spiritual, Godly things…with all your heart – for the rest of your life!

What does that say about attending assemblies of your local congregation? If you’re “raised with Christ” you ought to be pursuing Jesus’ words, His teaching, His people more and more! You ought not be able to get enough of getting together with other Christians and planning and learning how to expand and extend His kingdom – right?! So why do we have such smaller crowds on Sunday night – near-empty buildings on Wednesday night – in so many of our churches? Weird, huh?

What does “seek the things above” say about our social media interactions? Post pictures of drinking, partying, immodest clothes, or political vitriol? Uh, probably not.

Seeking things above is, in this guy’s opinion, THE standard for Christians. It’s also the greatest challenge. I mean, I get it – sometimes we can’t make it to worship services. Sometimes we post or share something on Instagram or Facebook or whatever and end up regretting it because we blew it in the moment. But, if we keep Paul’s “if, then” statement beginning Colossians 3 in mind – daily! – aren’t these issues going to take care of themselves? If we’ve been raised with Christ, if we’ve accepted His covenant deal to have our sins forgiven and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit to be our seal of redemption, if we’re really in this…seeking His ideals, seeking His ways, seeking His guidance should be our greatest pursuit.