Live the Resurrection Life
"So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory." (Colossians 3:1-4)
"So if you HAVE been raised with Christ," Paul says, not "if you WILL be raised with Christ." Once you believe that Christ died for your sins, once you trust that God loves you enough to forgive everything, once you become convicted that only the righteousness of Christ gives you hope of eternal life, then your future resurrection has become an assured promise. So much so that Paul can speak of it as having already happened.
Paul invites us to live today as though we already have died and have been raised to eternal life. Imagine that you are living right now in the presence and glory of God. Would this reality change any of the values with which you are living? How you are spending your time, your money? How much you are willing to forgive and to love?
Paul says that, since you are already raised from the dead out there in the future, start living your lives today by setting your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Don't wait until you physically die to start living the Resurrection Life.
This Sunday, April 30, we have the opportunity to practice Resurrection living as we begin our Body in Mission. Following the 10:30 service, we will have a wonderful lunch together in Vivion Hall. Our Missions team will have tables set up where you can explore a variety of hands-on mission opportunities. Every one of these ministries expresses the love of Christ in practical ways that help our fellow human beings.
At this lunch you will also have the chance to visit with our new Youth Director, Chris Lirette, his wife, Jacqui, and their delightful three children. We are so excited to welcome them to Trinity!
In this Easter season, "set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God."
Grace and peace,
Trinity United Methodist Church
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