Consider some of these sentences:
You have been raised with Christ.
Your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Clothe yourselves with compassion.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.
Whatever you do, … do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.
We pick and choose good scripture verses to memorize. Almost everyone knows John 3:16—far fewer know John 3:17 (I’ve never seen it painted on a sign before). When it comes to Colossians 3, however, virtually every word is worth memorizing. Once you start it’s hard to know where to stop!
Colossians 3 is about recognizing that, as Christians, we have been transferred from death to life. It’s time to live like it! Since we are raised with Christ, let’s put our hearts and minds on the things that Christ loves, not on worldly things.
In Hidden in Christ, James Bryan Smith offers 30 meditations based on Colossians 3:1-17. He dives right into the depth of this passage and brings up many profitable thoughts. Unlike some devotional works, Smith’s meditations are close and legitimate applications of the scripture. Nothing is stretched or convoluted. Colossians is powerful enough as it is!
Spend 30 days in Colossians 3, and allow God to change you.
—James Bryan Smith, Hidden in Christ: Living as God’s Beloved (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2013).