Verse and Prayer for Friday 17 July

Colossians 3:1-4

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.

I was really struck by this passage on Sunday when it was read as part of our service, and the phrase ‘hidden with Christ in God’.  What did that mean?  I checked several different translations and they all use that same phrase.  The picture that came to my mind was Clark Kent transforming into Superman; Clark Kent is still there inside Superman, but the rest of the world only sees Superman.   As we are Christians we are transformed into ‘Christ in God’; we are still there on the inside but we are ‘hidden in Christ in God’ and are his witnesses here on earth, doing his work, performing his miracles and saving the world!  

Thank you, Father, that I am hidden in you, that I do not have to do anything in my own strength, that you are my shield and defender and I can do your work in your strength and show your glory to the world.  Amen.  

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