Colossians 3:1-4 – “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

                  For me, it’s so easy to glance over this passage, say, “Yes, I totally believe that” and then, mentally move on. I realized that I never understood the implications of this scripture. Let me explain…

                  Just as Christ was raised to life on the 3rd day, we too are raised from death (the death that your sin brings), to walk in newness of life when we accept Christ as our Savior. Do you know what the price was so that you could be raised to walk in new life? The price was that Jesus had to die. Jesus took on all your sins (past, present and future) and died for them, so that you no longer have to bear sin’s weight.

Do you know what this means?! It’s amazing and takes a huge burden off our shoulders! It means you are covered, protected, loved, forgiven and redeemed through the death of Christ. But how can you practically apply this? Well, remember this morning? Remember looking in the mirror and really not liking the reflection? Reader, do not let the enemy lie to you and do not be fooled—the enemy tries to lie to you every single day. But here’s the truth: You are beautiful. You are not worthless. You are VERY special. You are worthy of love. You are worthy of care. Why? Because you are no longer your own. Your value no longer lies in your abilities or your failures. Your value rests SOLEY in how Christ sees you. Remember, you were bought with a price and NOW your are hidden with Christ on high. He looks at you and sees beauty, worth and value. Set your mind on these things—the “…things above”—not on the lies the enemy throws at you. Love yourself the way the Lord already loves you.

                  Want to know more? Try Colossians 2:8-15, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Romans 6:6-7


It is hard sometimes for me to see myself in the way you see me. I see my failures and my fears. You Lord, see me as forgiven, redeemed, beautiful, worthy of love, valuable and wonderfully made. Help me believe this, even when it’s hard. Lord teach me how to set my heart on things above when I’m struggling with thoughts that make me feel bad about myself. Help me trust You in all things in all parts of my life.     Amen