It is always good to be reminded of who we are in Christ, especially when we find ourselves living in a world filled with chaos and confusion. Over the next 7 days I will be sharing the devotions from my book, “In Christ Alone”. Each devotion is designed to help us look to Christ for our identity in the midst of a myriad of sources trying to define who we are.
Here is day twenty-six with an important reminder that in Christ you, and those around you, can be raised from the dead.
I Am Raised From the Dead
“In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.“
Colossians 2:11-12 (NIV)
How often do you think about death or dying? Why do you think it is such a hard subject for many people to talk about? How confident are you in the power of God to raise you from the dead? When a loved one dies, what makes the Christian able to grieve in a way that is different than that of the world? What do you appreciate the most about the practice of baptism that God has instructed us in?
Throughout scripture we see God giving His people physical reminders of His commands and promises. When we reach the era of His covenant with the church, we find that He uses the practice of baptism as the point where we die to sin and in Christ we are raised from the dead to walk a new life! As you pray, ask God to give you a greater appreciation for His current work of giving you new life. Pray that your baptism would be a constant reminder of God’s power to raise you from the dead. Pray that the people around you would see you as a living example to show them they do not need to remain dead in their sin.