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 mind 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.
I had just scanned through today's Waco Tribune Herald. Lot's of news today. The front page? Stories of murder/suicide, terrorism, and a man shot by Air Marshals. Those stories surround a big picture of a traffic pile-up on icy roads in Central Texas. 90 accidents reported. That is just the front page. Whew! I think I'll put the newspaper down...
Most of us have our own "front page." We have our own stories. We have our own pictures. Some of these stories may be well known by others. Some may be very private. All are personal.
What are the stories on your "front page"? Do any of these sound familiar?
- The constant special attention which must be given to your child's health. You are going to a new specialist and trying new medication.
- Your marriage. Sometimes you feel as if you are the only one really making any effort to deal with some of your issues.
- You have ongoing financial concerns. You think about how much money you owe and find it difficult to get it off your mind.
- Your job. You keep getting passed over for promotion. Your self-esteem has really taken a hit. You seem to be preoccupied with regret.
- The inner turmoil you experience over the moral failures in your life. One day, you deeply regret some unholy and immoral decisions you made in life. The next day, you find yourself daydreaming about the possibility of an unholy relationship.
I was reading Colossians 3:1-5 earlier. The little phrase, "...Christ, who is your life..." just jumped out at me. In the middle of a book which highlights the supremacy of Christ, Paul reminds his readers that Christ is our life. The front page stories of this world or of my life personally do not ultimately define me. What defines me is Christ.
In spite of it all, I hold on to Christ. Sometimes I find myself thinking about the past (Did it ever go by quickly!). Sometimes I find myself wondering about the future (How much is left and what will I do?). All of that is overwhelming to me. Yet, in the present, I am experiencing real life. This life (Christ in me) is not altered or changed by front page. This life (Christ in me) is not dependent on my personal success or destroyed when I fail.
This is the real front page news.