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been raised with Christ,
set your hearts on things above,
where Christ is,
seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things above,
not on earthly things.
Colossians 3:1-2 (read 3:1-4) - NIV
We usually think of the resurrection as something that
happened in the remote past (Jesus arose) or as a faraway future hope in the
end times when everybody will be resurrected. But in this text Paul treats the theme
of our resurrection as of something that is a present reality which has already
happened – “you have been raised with Christ”. The fact that we have
already been raised with Christ should have profound implications for our daily
Biblical language is poetic, symbolic and mystical. It
is spirit, not science – symbolic, not literal. It is impossible to understand
it literally. The figures that are used represent realities beyond themselves. Where
Christ is seated next to God is not a literal point in space. Heaven is an
inner reality, not a physically located place. The “things above" and the “earthly
things" do not refer to objects that are physically located. Both: The “things
above" and the “earthly things" are values, not objects.
If we have already been raised with Christ, our
interests should now be directed toward another system of values. "Earthly
things" represent our materialistic immediatism which gives us
personal and physical gratification in the here and now. “From above” represents the
long term values which promote collective wellbeing but do not always produce
immediate results. The resurrection takes us from the tyranny of selfish immediatism
and places us as citizens of the universe and of the Kingdom of God which is
selfless and all inclusive. We are not isolated individuals, each one taking
care only of himself or herself at the cost of others.
In our culture, the highest values are material. Human
beings are valued according to the amount of wealth they possess. Profit is the
god of materialism. The malls are our temples, the clerks are our priests and
the advertisers are our evangelists. Eternal happiness is achieved through
purchases. The accumulation of material wealth and power is heaven. Earthly
heaven exalts sumptuous buildings, great monuments, flashy designs, powerful
war machines and everything related to wealth, power, and status.
The churches, too, are tempted to enter into the dance
of materialism. They feel pressure to show their greatness through magnificent buildings
and play up statistics to show their achievements. The success of pastors is
measured by financial and membership growth statistics instead of a positive
impact on the quality of life of the members and of its surrounding community.
Not to reach budget targets is worse than not reaching out to the needy. The
prosperity of the churches is measured by their internal activities rather than
their social engagement in their local communities. When I started out as a
pastor my first church supervisor once counselled me to not forget that the two
most important books of the Bible are Numbers
and Acts if I were to be a
Being “raised with Christ” leads us to the dimensions of
a "glory" that cannot be measured statistically. It takes us beyond
the limits of: sectarianism, patriotism, legalism, petty biases, classism and
racism. It unites us with all of humanity and connects us with the whole of
creation. It has nothing to do with doctrines, dogmas and creeds but everything
to do with living a life of unconditional love toward others in this world that
is perishing because of the lack of love.
COLOSSIANS 3:1-4 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
LIVING AS THOSE MADE ALIVE IN CHRIST
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 minds 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.