Scripture reading: Colossians 3:1–25
Key verse: Colossians 3:3–4
For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
In Living Free in Christ, Neil Anderson writes:
While I was pastor, my son, Karl, had established quite a reputation as a soccer player … When I accepted an invitation to teach at Talbot School of Theology, it necessitated a move that was very unsettling for Karl. He had to leave behind a team, friends, awards, and recognition.
However, his reputation preceded him to our new location. There, I was called by a soccer club inquiring whether Karl would care to be a part of their team. After the first practice, the coach expressed to me his delight at having Karl as a player, saying what a vital member of the team he was going to be.
Karl practiced with reckless abandonment and afterward approached me with a long look on his face and a profound sense of insecurity that was baffling to me. Finally, he broke the silence: “Well, am I on this team?”
I replied, “Karl, you were already on the team before we came. The coach had already made the necessary provisions, the roster had already been filled out, and your name was on it” …
Dear Christian, you, too, are already on the team. Your name is on the roster: it’s called the Lamb’s Book of Life. “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” (Colossians 3:3–4).
Dear heavenly Father, I am so glad that my name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and that my life is hidden with Christ in You. I’m on Your team!