“If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God.”
The Christian is dead to the flesh and alive to Christ. When we are changed by God and brought into new life, our souls experience a resurrection and we are made alive to God in Christ. As Jesus was raised from the dead, so our souls are raised to spiritual life in Christ and one day our bodies also. Because we are now raised to the new life, we should seek the things of that new life, the things that relate to us eternally and not to this fallen world. We seek to relate to God through the power of the Spirit and not in fleshly ways or in our natural inclinations.
Our motivation for doing so is that Christ is there in heaven, seated in glory at the right hand of God, exalted now and victorious over death and hell on our behalf. We are victorious in Him and lay hold on spiritual life because of Him. He is our rock and our fortress against the trails of life and He is the strength of our heart.
Christ has all the authority and power over the kingdom and also over us as His people. He reigns supreme over the cosmos and over all the events and circumstances of our lives and every human life. He is the sovereign Lord and will not permit us to be lost. We possess a new life that can never be lost or stolen away from us by anyone, and we rejoice in such a great salvation.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
This is how we seek after the Lord – with all our hearts. We pray to Him and call on Him to answer our prayers for His glory and the growth of the Kingdom of God. God promises that we will find Him and know him better when we seek Him with sincerity and persistence. we seek Him in His Word, the Scripture and we are never disappointed.
He promises that we will enter into a deeper life with Him and be conformed into the image of Christ, becoming the people we were meant to be. Jesus our Saviour and Lord will be with us to the end, for He reigns eternally over all circumstances and the people who inhabit our lives. One day we will be with Him and be raised body and soul forever with the Lord. This verse, at the beginning of chapter three in Colossians, is so full of hope and the deep truths of God and gives us confidence to live our life for God and to obey Him. We seek Him who we love, for all other loves will certainly fail, but our hope is in the risen Christ and in Him alone.
Beloved, let us seek Him with true and whole hearts, devoted to His eternal glory and in the knowledge that He will work all things out for that glory and for the good of His beloved people. We live victoriously, for the victory is already won in Christ and we enter into the reality of that victory through faith.