CHRIST OUR LIFE
Col. 3:4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
What is the motivating force behind all of our actions? What is it that causes us to crawl out of bed every morning and begin another day? For the businessman, it may be the pursuit of another deal. The athlete is in pursuit of a crown. For the mom, it may be the joy that comes from the maturing and advancement of her child. The addict rises looking for his drug of choice trying to make it through another day. The student hits the ground running, hoping for that elusive grade that holds promise for the future. What is it that causes you to press on for another day? Is it just the pursuit of natural provision or accomplishment? If you are disillusioned even when you are able to snatch your goals in life then keep reading, I have some good news for you. Today’s scripture verse gives us a glimpse into this other motivating force, this other source and goal of life available to us in Christ. There is a tangible life, the RESURRECTION power of Jesus Christ that can become the source of our life, our joy, and all our actions. This is not a philosophy of man or an old wive’s tale. His power is tangible, available, and way more than any of us have ever imagined. It is the source behind world evangelism, the missionary serving in a strange land, the pastor in a sin hardened city, and the virgin keeping himself for his future spouse. Christ is our life. Here is a short quote by Charles Spurgeon on Christ our life.
“Paul’s marvelously rich expression indicates, that Christ is the source of our life. You hath he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins. That same voice which brought Lazarus out of the tomb raised us to newness of life. He is now the substance of our spiritual life. It is by his life that we live; he is in us, the hope of glory, the spring of our actions, the central thought which moves every other thought. Christ is the sustenance of our life.”
So what drug you out of bed this morning? Was it fear, just hoping to keep your head above water, was it the pursuit of happiness in some earthly adventure, or have you found the spring of all life in the Lord? When we find Christ as our life, the pieces of our world begin to come together. We are no longer conflicted, having the different compartments of life; our work part, our family part, our religious part, and our fun part. Christ has become our life! He is our goal, our purpose, our message, our joy, our work, our rest, and our hope! We have found why we are alive, we have found our joy. Like Spurgeon said, He becomes the spring of all of our actions. So what or who got you out of bed this morning?