When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then you shall also appear with Him in glory. Colossians 3:4 KJV
What a glorious promise to those who truly believe that Jesus Christ is life – and is their life. I believe it. I receive it. And I’ve fully embraced this truth for three (almost four) years now. He is life – and He is better than life. Which means that He deserves my life. All of it. Laid down. In complete surrender.
Is He your life?
Is He your life when you lose your job? Is He your life when your marriage is in turmoil? Is He your life when a loved one dies? Is He your life when your prayers remain unanswered? Is He your life when you face trial upon trial? Is He your life when you are persecuted for your faith?
Or is He only your life when all is well? When your career is secure. When your bank account is full. When your marriage is magnificent. When blessings are in overflow and in abundance as a result of your consistent prayers. When your health and the health of your family looks promising.
I don’t consider it to be a coincidence that the Apostle Paul paused in the middle of this verse to proclaim that Jesus is life for those who claim to follow Him. I don’t consider it to be a coincidence that Paul wanted to reiterate that there is nothing better than Jesus. He wanted to magnify the glory of Christ through this purposeful pause. He wanted us to reflect on the majesty that is found in the One who supplies our every need, according to His riches in glory – through this purposeful pause.
For a believer, our life is not only with Christ and in Christ; our life IS Christ.
When we make Jesus Christ our life, when we receive Him by grace through faith, we choose the greatest gift of all – more than anything this world can offer. In Him, we choose everlasting life. And one day, when He appears and returns for His Bride, we will appear with Him in glory.
Soli Deo Gloria,