Two weeks out from Resurrection Sunday, and life goes on.
We celebrated Hope. We celebrated Life. We celebrated Forgiveness and Victory and Grace!
Then we walked away from the tomb and into the darkness of this world.
Is Hope still alive?
Is the Light of Grace still shining?
Or has Joy fizzled in the face of day-to-day living?
These are my thoughts this morning as I enter the third chapter of Colossians.
If you then are risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3:1-2
“Whom do you seek?” Those verses echo the words that the angel spoke when the women arrived at the tomb that Sunday morning. They were seeking their Lord, and they were not disappointed.
I see two commands in the verses above – seek and set.
This resurrected life calls me to seek the things above, the things (attitudes, priorities, knowledge, relationship) of God. So, two weeks out from Easter, I ask myself, what am I chasing?
Am I pursuing God in His Word, in relationship, in prayer, in fellowship, in service, or am I chasing after my own desires and priorities? A quick check of my time during the past two weeks gives me a good idea.
Secondly, the resurrected life calls me to set my affection, my love, on the things of God. What/Whom do I love? This, too, is most likely evidenced in my pastimes, my schedule, and my expenditures.
Remember when Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love Me?” Peter was saddened that Jesus had to ask. When Peter affirmed his love for the Master, Jesus told Peter how he would spend his life on this earth – “Feed my sheep” John 21:17.
Easter was not the end of the story; it was the beginning of new life – the resurrected life. I don’t have to leave Hope, and Grace, and Joy, and Light at the tomb. Jesus died and rose again so that I could be with Him every day, and the waves from His resurrection continue to move through His children in this world.
He has called me to His resurrected life, and I can continue in its Victory – even two weeks after Easter.
I only have to seek His way and love Him.
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4
Photo – Lilies After Easter, Beth Mims