For You Have Died

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Periodically I think about these headstones in a little cemetery in Tamworth, New Hampshire. They date back to the late 1700’s, but words are no longer legible. Someone buried bodies here, but the names are no longer known. Someone died. Years ago, one of our elders here at Faith Bible Church, one I consider to be a mentor, shared Colossians 3:1-3 with me: “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (NASB). Positionally in Christ, at the moment I believed in Jesus Christ, I died. The “me”, the “I” positionally is dead. But so often, “me” becomes way too important. So I find myself continually reminding myself: “For you have died”! When I feel disrespected or unappreciated, it is so easy to become angry or bitter or hurt. Those are the times I need to remember the Tamworth cemetery. I need to live out my position in Christ. The “me” isn’t important. The “me” died. Christ in me is all that matters.

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1 Response to For You Have Died

  1. Jeff says:

    Steve, these are some really good thoughts here and definitely counter cultural in the “me” culture we all live in. Its very challenging to actually say no to self in practice personally, but definitely a worthwhile pursuit as we do so in Christ’s strength. Thanks for sharing these insights. They are encouraging insights.

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