We are all familiar with the game “Hide and Seek,” where children run and hide themselves and one or more seekers go and look for them. There is a biblical version of this game that I would like to share with you today.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:1-3)
The “hide” part of biblical truth is the understanding that we are hidden with Christ. God the Father no longer sees our sin, because we are hidden with God the Son and clothed in His righteousness. In the eyes of God, we not only look as if we had never sinned, we also look like we have always and only done what is right! To be hidden with Christ in God is to be covered by the finished work of Christ—despite of our continued sins, shortcomings, failures, and faults.
The “seek” part of biblical truth is the knowledge that because of who we are in Christ positionally, we can seek out and set our minds on the things of God practically. Our union with Jesus propels us in the direction of what God wants for us; it is precisely because of our union with Jesus that we desire to seek the things that are above.
Because we are hidden with Christ, in spite of our sin, we no long have to run and hide because of our sin. We are covered . . . cleansed . . . and commissioned because of what Christ has done for us. This is a truth that must be recaptured and reclaimed by the church today. Far too many Christians are hiding from God because of their sin, when they should be running toward Him. Adam and Eve ran and hid from God because of their sin, yet God pursued them—not to punish them but to cover their sin. God is in the business of pursuing rebels on the run . . . and that includes you and me.
So . . . have you been rejoicing in God’s version of “hide and seek” lately? Or have you been wasting time trying to hide from God? You and I must always remember that we are great sinners, but we have been eternally loved by an even greater Savior! Knowing that our lives are hidden with Christ in God, may our days be marked by continually seeking after the One who sought and bought us on Golgotha’s Hill with His precious blood. Let us pursue God’s promise: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!