CHRIST WHO IS OUR LIFE
"For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, Who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory." Col. 3:3,4
Identity in Christ
Today, we live in an age where everyone seems to be having an identity crisis. Who am I? What is my purpose? Why am I here? These are questions which are resounding throughout the globe. The sad thing is that many who are asking these questions are Spirit-born believers! Christians today seem to have little awareness of who they are in Christ and why they are here. They are still asking the same questions, though the verbiage has changed a bit to fit into "Christian" vocabulary. "What is the will of God for my life?" "What is my ministry?" "What does God want me to do?" The believer, like the unbeliever, still has no sense of identity or direction. First, our mindset needs to change, then our vocabulary will follow suit.
Whose Life is it, Anyway?
Dear believer, why are you so concerned about your life anyway? Don't you realize that you died? When Christ died, you died and were buried with Him. (Romans 6) Why do you want to know the will of God for your life? You have no life! Why do you want to know about your ministry? You have no life therefore, you have no ministry! The only life you have now is that one which is hidden inside of Jesus Christ; "hidden with Christ in God." The reason it's hidden in Christ is that it's actually His life, not yours! You have no other life besides Him. Any other life you may have had was taken away and destroyed at the cross. Now, only His life is left. There is a portion of the life of Christ that has your name on it and that portion is you. So you don't need to worry about your ministry or what the will of God is for your life. Your only concern now is learning to live by His life. This is a difficult concept for believers to get into their heads. But be encouraged, this truth is already in your spirit and now the Holy Spirit is going to reveal it to your mind. This is my prayer.
The Life of Christ is Corporate
The scripture says, "Christ Who is our Life." We can notice two main points here. First, Christ is our life. Not my life! The life of Christ is shared. It is said of the early believers that they shared all things in common and that they had "one mind," "one heart," and "one soul." That is really the only way that it can be if Christ is your only life. There is only one life, and that is His. This means that we all share the same life and that life is Christ! He is our life.
This runs completely against the grain of our individualistic Christian mindset. We have our individual walk with God, our individual faith, our individual ministry, our individual prayer, ad infinitum. Notice that the scripture says, "Christ, Who is our life." It does not say, Christ, Who is our lives. Paul is not speaking here of many individual lives who share a common interest or belief system. He is not speaking of a group or association of some kind that has certain things in common. He is not speaking of many people who all happen to agree. No! He is speaking about one Life! Christ is our one life. We are all partakers in that one life.
I am not saying here that you are not an individual. God created you to be a unique expression of Christ through your own unique personality. But that personality is part of a larger picture. You are part of the Body of Christ and that Body shares the same life. It has the same life shared by all the members or parts of the body. You were never meant to live out the individual Christian life. Your life is hidden inside of Christ, inside His Church, where all the beauty and uniqueness of that life can fully be expressed. Your identity can only truly be known as you inter-relate with the other members of the body.
Christ is Our Life!