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“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Col. 3:1).

Because of what Jesus has done on the cross everything has changed. I mean everything.

Think about it.  “We were dead in our trespasses and sin” (Eph. 2:1). But because of Jesus, we have new life.  Life that is never going to end.  Life that is abundant and free.  Life that transforms everything about our existence.  So as a result of this amazing new life that has been gifted to us, our outlook should be different.  Our focus should be brighter; our gaze should be upward focused.

Why should that be?  Because we’ve been raised with Christ. You see, when you enter into newness of life with Jesus, your sins are left buried and you, yes YOU, are raised WITH Christ.  You are one WITH Christ.  God no longer sees you; He sees His Son, Jesus!! You have been granted access to something, rather SOMEONE you’ve never been able to get to before.  So our hearts should be delighting in Jesus!

Our focus should be Christ!  When Christ is our focus what happens?

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt. 6:33). 

When our gaze is set on the right person and the right thing, life has a supernatural shift. The trials and temptations of this life really start to lose their luster. They stop controlling and ruling our lives, because we have put our hope and our thoughts on Jesus, our KING! When you’re a child of a King you don’t have to worry. Everything is going to be OK.  He will take care of you.

I want you to see something. According to the above verse (Col. 3:1), Christ is seated at the right hand of God. What is He doing there? Well the Bible tells us what He is doing.

“Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us (Rom. 8:34).  

Did you catch that?  He’s PRAYING for you and me! Praying that we overcome this world. Praying that we overcome sin, and most importantly He’s our advocate. He is proclaiming that WE belong to HIM!  That should really give you and me a boldness that we’ve never had before. Fear not!  Christ is with us!

So as you walk through your day today, know that Jesus is FOR YOU!  He is rooting for you.  He wants you to be with HIM!  Don’t let the world drag you down.  Rest and trust in HIM today!