Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
Have you ever felt alone? Like no one is in your corner or that you’re struggling all by yourself? Ever felt like no one notices you or cares about what’s going on? Maybe you feel as though you’ve been forgotten or abandoned or betrayed? Maybe you feel that no one else could or would understand?
When we feel lonely or isolated it’s easy to allow anxiety, negativity and lies to overwhelm us. But the good news of a resurrected Savior is that it means Jesus is alive. And if Jesus is alive, then we can be sure that we are never alone! Did you get that? Because Jesus is alive, you are NEVER ALONE. That is one of the last and most profound promises Jesus made to his followers; he would always be with them, even if they couldn’t always see him, even if things seemed overwhelming, even if everyone else has turned their back on them, Jesus says to them and to us that HE IS WITH US!
Parents getting a divorce? He’s there.
Bad diagnosis in the family? He’s there.
Didn’t make the team? He’s there.
Can’t afford to go to the school you wanted to? He’s there.
Friends betray you? He’s still there.
The rising reminds us that we are never alone. Jesus is with you, by his Spirit inside of you, He is with you. You can lean on Him, trust in Him, vent to Him, rest with Him, and be strengthened by Him!
Trust your ever-present Savior, not your ever-changing circumstances.
How does the promise that Jesus is with you, in every little detail, change how you look at your current circumstances?